Little League Graduate Gary Carter Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
“Besides being an outstanding player, Gary Carter exemplifies the kind of person that parents hope their Little Leaguer can become,” said Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball. “He truly is one of the good guys.”
Mr. Carter played for the West Fullerton (Calif.) Little League, mentored through his Little League years by his father, Jim Carter. Gary went on to become one of the game’s dominant players, and one of only four catchers with 2,000 hits, 1,000 runs, 1,000 RBIs and 300 homers. (The others are Hall of Famers Yogi Berra, Carlton Fisk and Johnny Bench.)
Tragedy struck the Carter family when Gary was 12. But Little League, and a great relationship with his father, helped see him through.
Gary and his father, Jim (right), were guests of Little League Baseball in Williamsport in 1985, when Mr. Carter received the Parents of the Year Award.
In 1985, Gary’s parents were named Little League Parents of the Year, and in 1993, Gary was presented with the Bill Shea Distinguished Little League Graduate Award. He remains one of Little League’s greatest supporters.