Though writing obituaries is never a fun or happy task, the Big League Stew crew tries our best to place the achievements of the departed in an appropriate and final place. We’ve listed excerpts from a few of our 2012 memorials below, while Baseball Almanac has the whole list of baseball-related deaths from the year just past. May these men rest in peace.
Gary Carter, Hall of Fame catcher — Feb. 16 at age 57
Gary Carter just loved baseball so much. Someone gave him the nickname “The Kid” because he wore his joy and enthusiasm for the game on the sleeves of his uniforms. The Montreal Expos. The New York Mets . The San Francisco Giants . The Los Angeles Dodgers . And Palm Beach Atlantic University, where he was the head coach. No matter where he was or what he was doing, it was obvious that Carter was in love with baseball. — David Brown
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