Backman To Pay Tribute to Carter

2:35 AM, Feb 17, 2012   |    comments
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NEW YORK (AP) - Hall of Fame catcher Gary 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. He was 57.

Bisons manager Wally Backman, a former teammate, says he will wear number eight this season in memory of Carter.

"He was a leader. He was like a big brother to myself and a lot of players... and I've actually told myself this year... and I just told the people here in Buffalo and with the organization that I'm going to wear number eight this year in Gary's memory.  A very special individual."

Carter was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor last May.

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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