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Gary Carter – 1976 Topps #441

Gary Edmund Carter  (born April 8, 1954), nicknamed “Kid” and “Kid Carter”, is an American former Major League Baseball catcher. During a 19-year baseball career, mostly with the Montreal Expos and the New York Mets, Carter established himself as one of the premier catchers in the National League, winning three Gold Glove awards and five Silver Slugger awards. He was inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in 2003 wearing the Expos cap. Carter split time between right field and catching his rookie season (1975), and was selected for the National League All-Star team as a right fielder. Though he did not get an at bat during the game, he came into the game as a defensive replacement for Pete Rose in the ninth inning, and caught Rod Carew’s fly ball for the final out of the NL’s 6-3 victory. Carter hit .270 with 17 home runs and 68 runs batted in, and finished second to San Francisco Giants pitcher John Montefusco for the National League Rookie of the Year award and receiving The Sporting News Rookie of the Year Award.
Carter also has been a very active philanthropist. Through The Gary Carter Foundation, of which Gary Carter is the President, Carter and his staff support 8 Title I schools in Palm Beach County whose students live immersed in poverty. Typically these schools will have 90% or more students eligible for free or reduced lunches. The Foundation seeks to “better the physical, mental and spiritual well being of children.” To accomplish this, they advocate “school literacy by encouraging use of the Reading Counts Program, a program that exists in the Palm Beach County School District.” Since its inception, The Gary Carter Foundation has placed over $622,000 toward charitable purposes, including $366,000 to local elementary schools for their reading programs.
In May 2011, Carter was diagnosed with four malignant tumors in his brain after complaining of headaches and forgetfulness. Doctors confirmed that he has Stage 4 glioblastoma, an extremely aggressive cancer. Doctors say that it is inoperable and Carter will undergo other treatment methods to shrink his tumor.

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