July 30, 2021

The Baseball 100: No. 86, Gary Carter (The Athletic)

Starting in December and ending on Opening Day, we at The Athletic will count down the 100 greatest baseball players by publishing an essay on a player every day for 100 days. In all, this project will contain roughly as many words as “Moby Dick.” Yes, we know it’s nutty. We hope you enjoy. 

Gary Carter is one of more than a dozen baseball players who was nicknamed “Kid.” This does not include more specialized versions of the nickname such as “The K Kid” (Clayton Kershaw), “The Say Hey Kid” (Willie Mays), “Kid Natural” (Ryne Sandberg), “The Big Kid” (Bryce Harper), “The Good Kid” (Lou Boudreau), “Billy the Kid” (Billy Wagner, among others) or “Da Kid” (Sean Manaea).

No, there have been more than enough players just nicknamed “Kid”: Ted Williams, Ken Griffey, Robin Yount, Charles Nichols, Billy Demars, etc. Many of the “Kids”…

Read “The Baseball 100: No. 86, Gary Carter” at The Athletic