STATE SENATE APPROVES SENATOR GOLDEN RESOLUTION HONORING BASEBALL HALL OF FAMER GARY CARTER

 

    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


    life.”


    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


    Family.


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    Senate Resolution No. 3367


    BY: Senator GOLDEN


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


    Carter


    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.