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Baseball Player
    (April 8, 1954-February 16, 2012)
    Drafted by Montreal Expos in 1972 in the third round of the Amateur Draft
    Played for: Montreal Expos, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers
    Baseball broadcast analyst for the Florida Marlins (1993-2001)
    Roving minor league catching instructor for the Mets (2002)
    Ranked 6th of 718 of most popular Mets players, in Ultimate Mets Database
    11-Time All Star Player: 1975, 1979-1988
    Hit 324 Home Runs
    Lifetime fielding percentage .991
    Elected to Hall of Fame by BBWAA in 2003, with 387 of the 496 ballots case (78.02 %)
    Traded to the New York Mets for four players (Hubie Brooks, Mike Fitzgerald, Herm Winningham and Floyd Youmans)
    Won three Gold Gloves
    Hit .438 in the 1981 League Championship series
    Had 298 home runs as a catcher (6th)
    Nine seasons with 20 or more home runs and four with 100+ RBI
    Finished in the top 10 in MVP voting four times
    Holds the major league career record for most putouts at catcher (11,785) and most chances accepted at catcher (12,988)
    Holds the major league single-season record for fewest passed balls in a season of 150 or more games (one in 1978) and shares the major league record for most home runs in two consecutive games (5 on September 3-4, 1985) and most years leading the league in chances accepted by a catcher (8)
    He played in a game choked by statistics.
    He had curly hair and he wore it long.
    He was always cheerful and enthusiastic.
    His nickname was 'Kid' (as in Kid Carter).
    His other nickname was 'Camera Carter' because he was said to have played hard only when the cameras were on him.
    His clutch hit, two out single, in the 10th inning of the 1986 World Series Game Six sparked a comeback.
    He always wore his game face and made the best of things.
    He played hard.
    Even when his knees hurt, he ran as hard as he could to first base.
    He wore all that heavy gear without complaining.
    Ralph Kiner called him Gary Cooper, on Kiner's Corner.
    He read his fan mail and answered people, in personal letters, who had problems or who needed a boost.
    He raised a pot of money for the Leukemia Society.

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