Gary Carter Hall of Fame speech: "This kid is in the candy store"

Hall of Famer Gary Carter speaks at the Baseball Hall of Fame Induction ceremony on July 31, 2005 at the Clark Sports Complex in Cooperstown, New York.
Getty Images/Ezra Shaw

Gary Carter, who died Thursday of brain cancer at age 57, will always be remembered for his youthful exuberance on and off the field.

Nowhere was that childlike spirit more evident than when a beaming Carter gave his Hall of Fame induction speech in 2003.

"This kid is in the candy store today - Cooperstown, where all dreams come true!" Carter said as he took the stage.

Hall of Famer Gary Carter dead at 57

"Gary was one of the happiest guys in the world every day," Mets teammate Mookie Wilson once said - and it shows in his speech.

Carter is perhaps best remembered for helping the New York Mets win an improbable World Series championship in 1986. But he earned his stripes with the Montreal Expos - and was the first player enshrined in Cooperstown wearing an Expos cap. Carter never forgot the team that drafted him in 1972 and he even spoke in French during his speech.

  • Stephen Smith

    Stephen Smith is a senior editor for