Battling brain cancer, Gary Carter makes opener


JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Even as he battles an aggressive form of brain cancer, Hall of Famer Gary Carter wouldn't miss opening day for the college baseball team he coaches.

Carter shook hands with each player on the Palm Beach Atlantic University team and watched about three innings of the game Thursday night. The Palm Beach Post ( ) reports the crowd gave him a standing ovation.

Carter's daughter Kimmy Bloemers says her father wanted to be there for his players. They responded with a 3-2 victory over Lynn University.

The 57-year-old Carter was joined at the game by fellow ex-major leaguers Tommy Hutton and Jeff Reardon.

Carter was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2003. He played 19 seasons, most with the Montreal Expos and New York Mets.


Information from: The Palm Beach Post,