Forever remembered for his World Series-winning home run in 1993, Joe Carter remains one of the most popular players in Toronto Blue Jays history. Growing up in Oklahoma City, Carter excelled at baseball, basketball, football and track in high school, before being named The Sporting News College Baseball Player of the Year in 1981 while at Wichita State University. His performance would impress the Chicago Cubs, who selected him second overall in the 1981 amateur draft.
After being swapped to the Cleveland Indians in 1984, Carter would evolve into one of baseball’s best all-around players, topping the majors in RBIs in 1986 with 121 – his first of 10, 100-RBI seasons. When he clubbed 32 homers and swiped 31 bases the following campaign, he became The Tribe’s first 30-30 man. After two more seasons in Cleveland, he was traded to San Diego, where he would knock in 115 runs, before being dealt to the Blue Jays with Roberto Alomar for Fred McGriff and Tony Fernandez in December 1990.
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