Report: Ex-Mets Great Gary Carter’s Tumor Inoperable

Operation Unlikely; Treatments To Include Chemotherapy, Radiation

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter has a malignant brain tumor called a glioblastoma and will treat it with chemotherapy and radiation.

Doctors at The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke said the location of the tumor makes it difficult to remove through an operation. But they said Carter’s “strong physical condition and fighting spirit will be to his advantage as his treatment commences.”

Carter hit .262 with 324 homers and 1,225 RBIs in 19 seasons in the majors. The 11-time All-Star played his last game with the Montreal Expos in 1992 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003.

Carter was returning to his home in Florida to begin treatment. His family said Tuesday night Carter would “not only fight but win this battle.”

The effervescent Carter, nicknamed “Kid,” is perhaps best known for helping the Mets win the 1986 World Series. He had 24 homers and 105 RBIs that year, then drove in 11 runs in the postseason.

A warm cheer went up before the Mets’ 5-2 loss on Saturday after highlights of Gary Carter’s career with the club was shown on the big video board, followed by a written message: “Our thoughts are with you Gary. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.”

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  • Tommy

    I remember watching Gary Carter as a kid. A great catcher, a great person, always a class act. That upright batting stance, the home runs, the curtain calls, that smile. He handled that young pitching staff like nobody else could. God bless you Gary, I know you will come through this, still shining!

  • Stefanie Wehner

    Gary – I was 14 years old when you helped the Mets win the World Series in 1986- I was a HUGE fan back then and I stil am. I remember you and loved you so much! You were always smiling and cheering everybody on – always positive – I know you will beat this. I will pray for you – You have a special place in my heart since 1986 – when I was 14 and you still do – 25 years later – and Im 39 now. God Bless you and may God watch over your family – Keep the faith – I had faith all through the 1986 series……..and I have faith now, that you will beat this and be fine. Will love “The Kid” always!
    Stefanie Wehner

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  • Rugbyball

    You always knew what you where getting with Gary, and that was his all, on or off the field.
    If there is anyone who can win this, it’s the Kid. Speedy recovery and all our prayers.

  • James Brandenstein

    All we can do is never give up hope .

  • Beth

    Gary, thank you for thinking of my mom in her illness, so many years ago. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and hope that you can beat this! I was at your Mets debut many years ago and still remember leaving Shea with frozen feet, screaming GAR-Y,Gar-Y.

  • Frank Tully

    Your still the greatest baseball catcher ever my prayers and wishes to you an your family get well soon God Speed.

  • David Brill

    Just another sad reminder that even the seemingly immortal sports hero that are sometimes bigger than life, can also be impacted so damn young ! Such a sad story but as we sometimes do hear and see miracles taking place, let’s not wring our hands but rather send our wishes, hopes, and prayers that another miracle will take place !

  • jerry

    Nice guy! Never heard anyone say anything negative about him his whole career.Good family man. My prayers go out to him and his loving family.

  • Mike greenberg

    We were sad to hear about Gary carters condition.prayers are with u at this time

  • Larry Wolfson

    Gary Carter made a game fun to watch. Always all-out and a complete pro. Off the field,a gentleman. God speed to him.

  • Roy Pincus

    Get will soon, Gary!! You brought a smile to the faces of so many fans throughout your career for all you did on and off the field. Now is our chance to put a smile on your face in this challenge ahead and give you and your family the strength you need to conquer this battle and win the fight. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May you have a speedy recovery.

  • Nelson

    We wish Gary ‘Kid’ Carter our best wishes in this health challenge…& we shall keep you in our prayers

  • John

    Get well soon, Kid. You have a strong support system, and we are all praying for you. We know you will attack this with the same fight you took to the field. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Jeremy Lemler

    Get well Kid my prayers and wishes are with you and your family. You made believers out of us and brought many great moments to baseball fans throughout your career.

  • kathy

    All the best – you are in my prayers

  • Steve

    May God bless Gary and his family…

  • Sheyne

    All Mets fans of the world send their love and support out to Gary and his loved ones. I pray that the new tests will show a more positive treatment option. I hope that you make a full recovery and I also hope this helps us all see, including the Wilpon’s that life is precious and we should always hold those we care about close and dear to our hearts. Be it a family member or a baseball legend we’ve loved from afar. Whatever the outcome, I hope there will be a Gary Carter day at Citi, honoring him and retiring his #8. Gary is a legend, he is loved and may he beat the tumors, continue to live a full and healthy life and may we all remember what matters – each other!

  • Mike

    As a die hard Yankee fan suffering through the 80’s, I really enjoyed watching Carter play. He was and still is a class act!! I will pray for you!! Keep fighting Gary – never give up!

  • Glenn DeMilt

    My daughter’s favorite Met. We’re praying for you,Kid.

  • Charles A. Brown

    There is only one comment, trust in the Lord, your savior, and he will bring you through.

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  • Mark P

    Get well soon Gary. I am a brain tumor survivor. My prayers and best wishes go out to you and your family. Keep the Faith!!!

  • Michael

    As a Philadelphia Philles fan you were always a thorn in our side for years, grew up in your era. God bless and get well soon! Prayers are coming your way

  • Clare Kiernan Lafferty

    Get well soon Gary -our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  • Scott

    Everybody is praying for you.

  • Eric Soley

    Kid, get well quick! :-)

  • Paul Corchia

    For those of you who followed the Mets in the 80’s, you all know that one of the reasons they were so DOMINATING in that era, was the aquisition of Gary Carter. Let’s all say a prayer for “The Kid” as he begins his next challenge!!! GET WELL SOON KID!!! WE ARE ALL PRAYING FOR YOU!!! God Bless You and your family!! I’m sure you have an EXCELLENT support group around you!!!

    • Stefanie Wehner

      Beautifully said……..

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