Joe Carter will always be remembered for his World Series walk-off homer for the Blue Jays in 1993. He was also a hero in the ’92 Fall Classic. That season before that Carter helped push the Jays to the Fall Classic victory by hitting two homers and recording the final out as a first baseman.
His October heroics gained him induction to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. He also earned Toronto manager Cito Gaston the same honor.
Carter also enjoyed a fine 16-year big league career. He tallied at least 100 RBI in ten different seasons, including six of his seven full seasons in Toronto. He recorded the most RBI in the majors from 1985-1998.
Carter’s legitimate case for Cooperstown is buoyed by his five All Star appearance and his career numbers: 394 homers, 1,445 RBI, and 2,184 hits.
The knock against Carter’s candidacy is his lack of true milestone numbers, low batting career average (.259) and career WAR (19.6).
There are no Hall of Fame outfielders with a career average below .275 and less than 400 homes and 1,500 RBI. The only position player with a lower WAR is a Cooperstown mistake – Tommy McCarthy.
When Carter first appeared on the baseball writers’ ballot, he received less than 5% of the vote. In the collection is this contract extension between the slugger and Topps Chewing Gum.