By Anthony DiComo / MLB.com
NEW YORK — Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter passed away Thursday after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. He was 57.
Best known for his role on the 1986 World Series champion Mets and for his 10-year run with the Expos that preceded it, Carter had been battling cancer since doctors discovered inoperable tumors on his brain in May 2011. His condition took a turn for the worse when an MRI revealed new tumors in January 2012.
Nicknamed “Kid,” Carter hit 24 homers and knocked in 105 runs for the 1986 Mets, earning one of his 11 career All-Star selections and finishing third in National League MVP Award voting. His leap into the arms of reliever Jesse Orosco after the final out of World Series Game 7 remains one of the most indelible images in Mets history.
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