Gary Carter, Hall of Fame catcher, dies

NEW YORK — Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson says Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter has died.

Carter’s health had taken a turn for the worse recently. The 57-year-old former baseball star, was diagnosed last May with a malignant brain tumor, family members said.

Carter, whose single for the New York Mets in the 1986 World Series touched off one of the most improbable rallies in baseball, died Thursday.

Carter was an 11-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner. His bottom-of-the-10th single in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series helped the New York Mets mount a charge against the Boston Red Sox and eventually beat them.

Nicknamed “Kid,” Carter played nearly two decades with the Mets, Montreal, San Francisco and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was the first player to go into the Hall of Fame with an Expos cap on his plaque.

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