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A look back at the baseball life of the former Expos and Mets great

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Montreal Expos pitcher Charlie Lea (left) is congratulated by catcher Gary Carter after Lea fired a no-hitter, the third in team history, against the San Francisco Giants in Montreal, May 10, 1981. It is looking more and more that the 36-year existence of the Montreal Expos is coming to an end and that their final home game will be Wednesday night at Olympic Stadium.

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New York Mets' Gary Carter celebrates his tenth-inning game-winning homer against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 6, 1985.

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Montreal Expos players (left to right) Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Steve Rogers, Tim Raines and Al Oliver pose for a photo before the All-Star game in in Montreal, July 13, 1982. Baseball owners have voted overwhelmingly to begin work on killing off two of their weaker sisters. In baseball terms, it’s called contraction and it could spell the end of the Montreal Expos and their rich history.

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In this July 27, 2003, file photo, National Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees Gary Carter holds his plaque during induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y. Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, that Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter has died. He was 57.

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In this Jan. 16, 2003, file photo, Gary Carter, left, and Eddie Murray, the 2003 inductees into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, hold baseball bats during a news conference in New York formally announcing their induction. Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, that Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter has died. He was 57.

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Montreal Expos catcher Gary Carter follows through on a home run swing during National League action in Montreal, July 10, 1979. Baseball owners have voted overwhelmingly to begin work on killing off two of their weaker sisters. In baseball terms, it’s called contraction and it could spell the end of the Montreal Expos and their rich history.

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Former Mets catcher Gary Carter addresses the media at a news conference in Central Islip, N.Y., where he was introduced as the new manager of the Atlantic League's Long Island Ducks at Citibank Park on Monday Nov. 10, 2008. The Hall of Famer was hired by the independent Atlantic League team on Friday.

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In this Oct. 25, 1986 file photo, Boston Red Sox's Jim Rice is tagged out at the plate by New York Mets catcher Gary Carter during seventh inning action in Game 6 of baseball's World Series at New York's Shea Stadium. Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, that Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter has died.

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Montreal Candiens mascot Youppi greets former Montreal Expos Gary Carter as Andre Dawson waves to the crowd during a pre-game ceremony in Montreal, October 18, 2005.

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Former New York Mets and Montreal Expos catcher Gary Carter was elected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame on January 7, 2003. Carter, an 11-time All-Star, poses with a bronze bust in his likeness in this August 12, 2001 file photo during a ceremony at Shea .

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In this Sept. 23, 1988, file photo, New York Mets' Keith Hernandez, left, and Gary Carter are happy-looking ball players as they come off the field at Shea Stadium in New York after clinching the National League East title. Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, that Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter has died.

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In this June 24, 1983 file photo, Montreal Expos catcher Gary Carter is mobbed by admiring fans at camera day prior to a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Montreal. Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, that Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter has died.

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In this April 3, 2006, file photo, former New York Mets relief pitcher Jesse Orosco, left, and Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter celebrate together after Orosco threw out the ceremonial first pitch and Carter caught it before the Mets baseball game the Washington Nationals at Shea Stadium in New York. Orosco was the pitcher and Carter was the catcher in Game 7 of the 1986 World Series, which the Mets won. Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, that Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter has died. He was 57.

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In this Oct. 9, 1981, file photo, Montreal Expos catcher Gary Carter winks at the cheering crowd and gives them the clenched fist salute as he leaves the field after the Expos defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 to take a 2-0 lead in the National League East Division playoffs Montreal. Carter, the first player enshrined in Cooperstown wearing a Montreal Expos cap, died Thursday. He was 57.

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