Gary Carter's Final Hit Shows His Love Of The Game

On September 27, 1992, Gary Carter played in his final major league game, the last home game for the Montreal Expos that year. Carter had returned to his original team, the Expos, for one final major league season at age 38. Though his overall numbers -- .218/.299/.340 -- weren't very good, 41,802 fans turned out to see the future Hall of Famer play for the last time.

He did not disappoint. With two out and Larry Walker on first base in a scoreless tie in the bottom of the seventh inning, Carter faced the Cubs' Mike Morgan. The call is from WGN's Harry Caray and Steve Stone:

Carter's double, somehow fittingly just over the head of his longtime teammate and friend Andre Dawson, drove in the only run in the Expos' 1-0 win. You can see Carter's exuberance and love of the game in his face as he stood on second base, then left for a pinch-runner to the cheers of the crowd and the hugs of his teammates.

As a Cubs fan, I was disappointed the Cubs lost that game. As a baseball fan, I greatly admired the love that Gary Carter showed for the game of baseball throughout his career. We have lost a fine human being.

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