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Mets Legend Gary Carter Dies at 57

PITTSBURGH - JULY 09:  Manager Gary Carter of the U.S.A. Team looks on during the XM Satellite Radio All-Star Futures Game at PNC Park on July 9, 2006 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Gary Carter, the solid center of the Mets' 1986 World Championship team and a Hall of Famer, has died at the age of 57. Carter had been battling brain cancer since last May. Carter was the one straight-arrow on that crazy Mets team, but he also could hit like crazy, including 24 homers in 1986. He also had the one-out single that led the Mets' comeback against the Red Sox in that infamous World Series Game Six. His last public appearance was earlier this month at the home opener for the Palm Beach Atlantic University team, for whom Carter coached. We had the opportunity to spend a week with Carter while filming MSG's "The Lineup" and found him funny, smart and extremely likable. He also was so competitive that he got mad at us for thinking Darrell Porter was a better player than he was when we were six. Our short time with him did nothing to persuade us he wasn't terrific. He was 57 years old, and will forever be The Kid.

Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images