One of the most recognizable Montreal Expos of all-time has passed away at the age of 57 due to cancer.
Gary Carter, the Baseball Hall of Fame catcher, played with the Montreal Expos from 1974-1984. Over that time he was a seven-time All-Star and three time Gold Glove winner.
While with the Expos in 1980, Carter was second in the National League Most Valuable Player voting to Mike Schmidt of the Philadelphia Phillies. He finished with a batting average of .264 with 29 home runs and 101 runs batted in. In 1984, Carter had another great season in leading the National League with RBIs with 106. He also batted .294 with 27 home runs.
Carter, was also part of the only Expos team to make the playoffs in their franchise. They defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 in the NLDS before losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 in the NLCS.
After the 1984 season, Carter went on to play for the New York Mets where he won a World Series in 1986. He would go on to play for the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers before ending his career with the Expos in 1992.
Calgary and Edmonton baseball fans might have had the opportunity to see Carter up close like I did, managing the Orange County Flyers of the Golden Baseball League. In 2008, Carter was the GBL Manager of the Year and won a GBL Championship.
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