- C, OF, RF, 3B, LF, 1B
- April 8, 1954
- 6' 2"
- 205 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 9-16-1974 with MON
- Allstar Selections:
- 1980 GG, 1981 AsMVP, 1981 GG, 1981 SS, 1982 GG, 1982 SS, 1984 AsMVP, 1984 SS, 1985 SS, 1986 SS, 1989 RC
- Hall of Fame:
Quotes About Gary Carter
"Behind Johnny Bench, he's the best catcher in baseball." — Pirates manager Chuck Tanner on Gary Carter, 1979
Quotes From Gary Carter
"I was out of position. I was running into walls and hurting myself." — Gary Carter on his early career as an outfielder
Best Season: 1984
In 1984, Gary Carter led the National League in RBI (106), and set personal-highs in total bases (290), hits (175), batting average (.294), and games played (159). He was still one of the best defensive catchers in the league, his only competition Tony Pena. The Expos made a terrible mistake in the off-season when they dealt Carter to the Mets.
Where He Played
Catcher (2,056), right field (132), first base (76), third base (3). The Expos tried to make Carter an outfielder when he first came up, in fact he wasn't really a catching prospect. But Carter's range in the outfield was a liability, especially on turf. His enthusiasm and knowledge of the game were a perfect fir behind the plate. By 1976, when he was 22 years old, Carter was the Expos' catcher.
#57 (1974), #8 (1975-1992)
Johnny Bench, Carlton Fisk, Eddie Murray
Carter did his best to get the Expos to the post-season. In 1979 the Expos trailed the Pirates by three games at the end of August. On September 13, in the midst of winning 17 of 18 games, the Expos caught the Bucs, and on the 20th they moved 1/2 game in front after a doubleheader sweep of the Mets, in which Carter went 4-for-9 with two doubles and two RBI. Then, Carter broke his thumb in the second game of a doubleheader against the Pirates on the 24th, after he had hit a homer earlier in the game, and was lost for the last week of the season. The next day the Bucs took over first place for good. Carter had hit .370 with 15 RBI and 13 extra-base hits in September. Prior to the injury, he had hit .452 (14-for-31) with six RBI in his last eight games.
The next season, Carter's Expos trailed the Pirates by one-half-game through August, tied with the Phillies for second place. Montreal then won 12 of 15 games, to take a 2 1/2 game lead on the Phillies, with the Bucs five out and falling. Carter was instrumental in the Expos drive for the post-season, hitting .360 with 21 runs scored, 16 extra-base hits, seven homers and 22 RBI in September. On October 1, the Expos led Philly 1/2 game, but Philadelphia won the next day while Montreal was off, and then took the first two games of a showdown with the Expos in Olympic Stadium. Mike Schmidt was 5-for-7 with two homers and four RBI in the first two games, which clinched the division title for the Phillies. Carter was 0-for-7 in those contests. For the second straight year, the Expos lost a close division race to a team that went on to win the World Series.
In 1981, a player's strike split the season, with the Phillies winning the first half of the campaign, and the Expos left to battle the Cardinals (who ended up with the best overall record in the NL East) for the second half title. The Expos seemed out of the race after dropping three of five games to the Cardinals from September 15-17, as they stood 3 1/2 games back. But, as in 1979 and 1980, Montreal made a September run, winning eight of nine to jump 2 1/2 games ahead (St. Louis seven of eight at the same time). Then the two teams met for a pair of games in St. Louis, which the Redbirds won 6-2 and 8-4, coming from behind each time. The Cardinals vaulted into a 1/2 game lead. But the Expos refused to fold, winning their next four games, the last one on October 3 to clinch their first post-season berth of any kind. Carter hit a solo homer in the clincher.
In the 1981 playoffs, Carter hit .429 in 10 games, with six runs scored, four doubles, two homers, six RBI and five walks. The Expos swept the Phillies aside in the NLDS< and led Game Five of the NLCS against the Dodgers, 1-0, but lost the contest 2-1. It's the closest the franchise has ever been to the Fall Classic. Carter had seven hits in the LCS loss to Los Angeles.
Hit three homers on September 3, 1985.
Collected his 1,000th RBI on April 9, 1987... Hit his 300th homer on August 11, 1988, after waiting 225 at-bats to reach the milestone... In 1988 Carter entered the year needing nine homers to join the 300-homer club. He got a hot start, hitting seven homers in his first 17 games of the campaign. On May 16, he belted his 299th homer off San Diego's Greg Booker. But it took him nearly three months to hit #300. Finally, on August 11, after a 225 at-bat drought, Carter hit #300 in Wrigley Field off Al Nipper.
June 6, 1972: Drafted by the Montreal Expos in the third round of the 1972 amateur draft;
December 10, 1984: Traded by the Montreal Expos to the New York Mets for Hubie Brooks, Mike Fitzgerald, Herm Winningham, and Floyd Youmans;
November 14, 1989: Released by the New York Mets;
January 19, 1990: Signed as a Free Agent with the San Francisco Giants;
November 5, 1990: Granted Free Agency;
March 26, 1991: Signed as a Free Agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers;
November 15, 1991: Selected off waivers by the Montreal Expos from the Los Angeles Dodgers;
November 6, 1992: Granted Free Agency.
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