The New York Mets will honor late catcher Gary Carter and celebrate the team’s 50th anniversary with two patches on their uniforms this season.
Carter, a leader of the Mets’ 1986 World Series-winning team whose enthusiasm on the field earned him the nickname “The Kid”, died Feb. 16 at the age of 57, nine months after being diagnosed with brain cancer. He’ll be remembered with a patch on the team’s jersey sleeves featuring a black home plate and “KID 8” in white lettering, the Mets said.
Carter wore No. 8 for 18 of his 19 Major League Baseball seasons, including five with the Mets. After 11 seasons with the Montreal Expos, he spent 1985 through 1989 with the Mets and helped guide the team through one of its most productive periods, with a World Series title and a 485-323 record.
An 11-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove Award winner for his defense at catcher, Carter was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003.
The Mets’ 50th anniversary logo patch, which will be worn on the opposite sleeve, features a gold 50 over a blue New York City skyline. One of the first expansion teams, the Mets restored National League baseball to New York after the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants moved to California in 1958. The Mets played their first official game on April 11, 1962, an 11-4 loss to the Cardinals in St. Louis.