Joe Carter has had an outstanding baseball career, highlighted by the hit that won the 1993 World Series for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Carter first reached the majors in 1983 with the Chicago Cubs but was then traded to the Cleveland Indians, where he blossomed into a star. Carter emerged as a prolific power hitter, hitting as many as 35 home runs in a season and regularly driving in 100 or more RBI. He was also a very good baserunner, stealing 20-30 bases a year with a high rate of success, and a good defensive outfielder.
Carter improved dramatically in 1991, helping the Blue Jays win the division title. In 1992, he helped the Jays win their first World Series championship, the first ever won by a Canadian-based team. Carter himself hit two home runs and made the final out of the Series.
In 1993, the Blue Jays again reached the World Series, facing the Philadelphia Phillies. In Game Six, with the Blue Jays leading three games to two, Carter came to bat in the bottom of the ninth inning with the Blue Jays losing 6-5 and Rickey Henderson and Paul Molitor on base. On a 2-2 count, Carter hit a three-run home run off Phillies pitcher Mitch Williams to win the World Series, one of only two times a World Series has ended with a home run (the other being in 1960, when Bill Mazeroski did it), and the only time the home run has been hit by a player whose team was losing.
Carter was named to five All-Star teams. In his career he hit 396 home runs and drove in 1,445 RBI. He drove in 100 runs in a season ten times.
Joe Carter is highly regarded for his dedication to his religion.
On Honoring Jesus:
"I am thankful and I give honor to God and to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And I say that because you see a lot of athletes nowadays on TV say, 'I want to thank God for the game that I had and thank God for what he's done for me.' But what God are they really talking about? I found myself listening to that and said, 'I want to be different, because I want to leave no doubt as to who I am talking about and who I'm serving and that is my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.' I want to really emphasize that because He is the true leader of my life and that's the way I want to be remembered."
On His Baseball Career:
"I've had a very prosperous and great career. I can go on and on and look at all that I've accomplished and it's not because of what I've done, but because of how I've lived my life and how I've live it for Jesus. I've been very blessed and very fortunate to play 15 years. There's not one thing I would change. Every day I go out and enjoy what I do. God has given me a great talent to play baseball. So many times we take things for granted. I know I've worked as hard as I can and it's because of Jesus Christ."