Hall of Fame Catcher Gary Carter Dies at 57

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Major League Baseball hall of fame catcher Gary Carter lost his battle with brain cancer and died Thursday.

The former New York Mets catcher, forever known by his nickname "The Kid," was 57. Carter was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in last May.

"I am deeply saddened to tell you all that my precious dad went to be with Jesus today at 4:10 p.m.," Carter's daughter Kimmy Bloemers wrote on the family website.

"This is the most difficult thing I have ever had to write in my entire life but I wanted you all to know," she said.

"His nickname 'The Kid' captured how Gary approached life," the Mets team said Thursday in a statement. "He did everything with enthusiasm and with gusto on and off the field. His smile was infectious.. He was a Hall of Famer in everything he did."

Carter was known for his positive attitude and always greeting baseball fans with a big handshake. He was an 11-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner.

"The Kid" was also known for his Christian faith. He shared his testimony on the Christian Broadcasting Network's flagship program "The 700 Club."

In recent years, Carter had been coaching baseball at Palm Beach Atlantic University, a small Christian college in West Palm Beach, Fla.

"Nobody loved the game of baseball more than Gary Carter. Nobody enjoyed playing the game of baseball more than Gary Carter," Mets Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver said. "He wore his heart on his sleeve every inning he played."

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