Flashback Athlete of the Month for September 2021
Gary Edmund Carter was an American professional baseball player. He spent his 19-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career primarily with the Montreal Expos and the New York Mets.
Carter was named an All-Star 11 times throughout his career, and he was a member of the 1986 World Series Champion Mets. He was best known for his hitting and excellent defense behind the plate, and he was nicknamed “The Kid.”
In 1986, Carter made a major contribution to the Mets’ World Series championship, including a 12th-inning single against the Houston Astros which won Game 5 of the NLCS, and a 10th-inning single against the Boston Red Sox to start the comeback rally in Game 6 of the World Series.
He is one of only four people ever to be named captain of the Mets, and he had his number retired by the Expos. After he retired, Carter became a baseball coach at the college and minor-league level.
In 2003, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in New York. Carter was also the first Hall of Famer whose plaque depicts him as a member of the Montreal Expos.