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On June 19, 1990, San Francisco Giants Catcher Gary Carter caught his 1,862nd career game. During this game against the San Diego Padres, Francisco Oliveras was the Starting Pitcher for the Giants and Bruce Hurst was the Starting Pitcher for the Padres. The game was played at Candlestick Park in front of 31,164 fans. The game lasted 2 hours and 53 minutes. The Padres beat the Giants that night 4-3.
Carter, whose Major League career began September 16, 1974, had 17 years in the Big Leagues before this historical event. That season was the only season he was in the squat for the Giants. He was released from the New York Mets November 14, 1989, and was signed with the Giants January 19, 1990. He was granted free agency one year after being released from the Mets.
Carter’s career lasted another 2 years. He played for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1991 and rounded out his career with the same team who drafted him in the 3rd round of the 1972 amateur draft, the Montreal Expos. He retired after his final season in 1992. He was finally inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in his sixth year of eligibility, in 2003.
Fondly known as “The Kid”, Carter wore the Number 8 for most of his career, including his short stint with the Giants. In 1993, the Expos retired his number, where it is retained with the Washington Nationals to this day.
Gary Carter lost his battle to cancer February 16, 2012. If there is a Heaven, I truly believe baseball is played there every single day.