On October 23, 1993, Toronto Blue Jay, Joe Carter became the second player in Major League Baseball to hit a home run to win the World Series.
Game six of the series ended with the Blue Jays clinching a 8-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. The game was finalized after Carter’s three run home run. Toronto won the series four games to two.
Carter’s career started when he was chosen by the Chicago Cubs as the second pick in the first round of the 1981 amateur draft. After a season in Chicago he went to Cleveland to play with the Indians for six seasons. In 1990 he played for the San Diego Padres and in 91 he went to Toronto where he would stay until ’98, his final season. He was traded to the Baltimore Orioles and then to the San Francisco Giants.
The Blue Jays went to the post season with Carter in 1991, 92 and 93. He participated in five All-Star games and was on the ballot to be admitted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004 but did not get the votes he needed to have his name remembered with the great ones.
“I was having a bad (1993 World) Series at the plate. Just awful. All I was looking for was a pitch to put into to play. Get a good look at it and take an ugly swing. I never, ever thought that ball I hit would leave the park. It was a moment and a swing that will be with me forever .“ – Joe Carter
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