As a part of Homecoming each year, new inductees are added to this exclusive listing and their plaques are hung for future generations of Sailfish fans and supporters to see each and every time they return to campus.
The Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball program will forever be indebted to the impact, service and legacy left behind by former head coach and Major League Baseball (MLB) Hall of Famer, Gary Carter.
He was inducted posthumously to the PBA Sports Hall of Fame on April 25, 2015 while his No. 8 jersey was also officially retired by the program.
Carter closed out a remarkable life spent leaving his unforgettable imprint on those he interacted with as a world class athlete, respected coach, kind-hearted humanitarian, as well as being a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Known for his incredible enthusiasm and unyielding faith in Christ, Carter went to be with the Lord on February 16, 2012 following a nearly nine-month battle with brain cancer. He was 57 years old.
Following a brilliant 19-year playing career with the Montreal Expos, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers, Carter would go on to earn the ultimate baseball honor by being enshrined into the MLB Hall of Fame in 2003.
A Palm Beach County resident since 1982, Carter returned home in October, 2009 to take the reins of a struggling PBA baseball team where he quickly helped turn the program into a winner. Winners of just seven regular season games the year before his arrival, Carter coached the Sailfish to 17 wins in his first season followed by 27 wins in his second campaign on the PBA bench in 2011.
Then Athletic Director Bob White announced the hiring of Carter to the PBA head coaching post on Oct. 13, 2009 as he joined Tony Gwynn (San Diego State University) as the only active members of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame to embark on a coaching career in the collegiate ranks.
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Carter took over the head coaching responsibilities at PBA after a successful stint as the Long Island Ducks manager for the 2009 season. An independent team of the Atlantic League, Carter led the Ducks to a Second-Half Liberty Division regular season championship before leading the team all the way to the Atlantic League Championship series, the first postseason appearance for the team since 2004.
Carter spent his first 11 seasons in the big leagues with the Montreal Expos (1974-1984) where he accumulated some of the most impressive overall statistics ever compiled by a catcher. After finishing second in the Rookie of the Year voting after the 1975 season, Carter went on to lead the Expos to the franchise’s lone postseason appearance in 1981.
In 1980, Carter finished runner-up in the National League Most Valuable Player voting in while starting a string of three consecutive years in which he was awarded a Gold Glove (1980-1982). The California native was named the MVP of the All-Star Game in 1981 and again in 1984, and later that season was acquired in a trade by the New York Mets.
“The Kid” was a part of two National League East Division winners in Queens, as the Mets enjoyed the most successful five-year period in franchise history with Carter as their backstop. His two-out, two-strike base hit sparked the Mets’ three-run rally in the bottom of the 10th inning in Game Six of the 1986 World Series, while his two home runs and nine RBI in the series paced the Amazin’s to their second world title.
Following his time with New York, Carter spent a season each with the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers before finishing out his 19-year career in 1992 with one more season in Montreal. All told, Carter appeared in 11 All-Star Games, including 10 straight from 1979-1988, and won five NL Silver Slugger Awards in addition to his Gold Gloves.
Carlos Cajigas '99-'03
Jim Harwood '00
Jennifer Wren '96
Chris Gryskiewicz '88
Curtis Lynch '82
Jennifer Brecht Bowen '91
Jay McCormick '87
Stefanie Vavich '94
Leonard Banks '84