Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is

    announcing that the New York State Senate today approved Senate Resolution

    J. 3367, in which he sponsored, honoring the life of the late New York Mets

    legend, Gary ‘The Kid’ Carter.

    Senator Golden, a Mets fan stated, “Many of us watched a memorial

    service honoring Gary Carter that was attended by the best of baseball past

    and present. Today, the New York State Senate joins all baseball fans in

    officially remembering and mourning the loss of Gary Carter. New York has

    lost a hero, and it is only fitting that the State Senate remember his


    Golden continued, “The State Senate today paused to honor the many

    accomplishments of #8, Gary Carter. A hall of famer, a World Series

    Champion, and a great humanitarian, the legacy of Gary Carter should serve

    as an inspiration to all. Gary Carter was a true role model and someone

    that rightly earned this high praise.”

    Gary Carter died on February 16th following a battle with brain

    cancer at the age of 57. Mr. Carter was an 11 time All-Star and caught

    2,056 games, 4th in history among Major League Baseball catchers. He was a

    member of the 1986 World Series Champion New York Mets.

    Senator Golden will present two copies of Senate Resolution to the

    New York Mets organization and ask that one be forwarded to the Carter



    Senate Resolution No. 3367

    BY: Senator GOLDEN

    MOURNING the death of Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Gary Edmund


    WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to the

    memory of those exemplary athletes from the State of New York who

    attained unprecedented success and achievement through their personal

    courage, integrity and dedicated effort; and

    WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its

    long-standing traditions, this Legislative Body mourns the death of

    Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Gary Edmund Carter; and

    WHEREAS, Gary Carter, the slugging catcher known as Kid for the sheer

    joy he took in playing baseball, died on Thursday, February 16, 2012, at

    the age of 57; and

    WHEREAS, Born on April 8, 1954, in Culver City, California, Gary Carter

    was both an infielder and a star quarterback at Sunny Hills High School in

    Fullerton, California; he planned to play football at UCLA, but pursued

    baseball instead when he was selected by the Montreal Expos in the third

    round of the 1972 draft; and

    WHEREAS, The Expos switched Gary Carter to play catcher, and he made his

    debut for them in September 1974; playing his first 11 seasons in

    Montreal, he became the face of the franchise, but was later traded to the

    New York Mets in December 1984; and

    WHEREAS, Gary Carter's big opening day in 1985 was the prelude to a season

    in which he hit a career-high 32 home runs; this major

    accomplishment set the stage and helped to propel the Mets for their

    dramatic 1986 World Series championship year; and

    WHEREAS, In his five seasons with the Mets, the right-handed-hitting Gary

    Carter added considerable power to a lineup that featured the

    left-handed-hitting Keith Hernandez and Darryl Strawberry; and

    WHEREAS, Gary Carter played with intensity and flair, hitting 324 home

    runs and punctuating many of the ones he hit at Shea Stadium with

    arm-flailing curtain calls emblematic of the Mets' swagger in the mid and

    late 1980s; in his 19 seasons in the major leagues, all but two of them

    with the Expos or the Mets, he was an 11-time All-Star and was twice

    named the most valuable player in the All-Star Game; and

    WHEREAS, In addition to his 324 home runs, Gary Carter drove in 1,225

    runs and had a career batting average of .262; his 298 home runs while in

    games as a catcher rank him No. 7 on the career list; and

    WHEREAS, Elected to the MLB Hall of Fame in 2003, Gary Carter won three

    consecutive Gold Glove awards, from 1980-82, with the Expos; he caught

    in 2,056 games, placing him No. 4 among major league catchers; and

    WHEREAS, After his playing days, Gary Carter was a roving minor league

    instructor for the Mets, a broadcaster for the Florida Marlins, a manager

    in the Mets minor league system and with the independent Long Island

    Ducks; he was most recently the coach at Palm Beach Atlantic

    University; and

    WHEREAS, Gary Carter is survived by his wife, Sandy; two daughters,Christy

    and Kimmy; son Douglas James; and three grandchildren; and

    WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit and imbued with a sense of

    compassion, Gary Carter leaves behind a legacy which will long endure

    the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to his

    teammates and the numerous fans who watched him play America's favorite

    pastime; now, therefore, be it

    RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to mourn

    the death of Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Gary Edmund Carter;

    and be it further

    RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be

    transmitted to the family of Gary Carter.