Nobody who is a baseball fan will soon forget Joe Carter’s three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of game six of the 1993 World Series that won the Toronto Blue Jays their second consecutive Championship. On stage, Carter’s unique achievements resonate with any audience involved in group work: play hard, play fair, play right, and great things will happen.
During his storied career, Joe Carter was considered one of the most productive hitters in baseball. He was a member of the Toronto Blue Jays from 1989 to 1997, winning four straight American League East titles and two World Series titles. His 1993 World Series home run will forever be etched in Torontonian, Canadian, and general baseball lore—another legendary moment that ranks among the most memorable in the game’s long history. Although his time with the Blue Jays are perhaps his most renowned, Carter’s major league career spanned 15 years with 6 different teams.
“Touch ’em all Joe, you’ll never hit a bigger home run in your life!”— Tom Cheek
Throughout his career, Carter wore the uniform of the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, San Diego Padres, Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles and San Francisco Giants. In 2003, he was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
Carter was born on March 7, 1960, and was one of the older siblings in a family that soon included 11 children. His parents, Joe and Athelene Carter, encouraged him to play sports. The backyard served as a baseball field, where the Carter children played. It was on that family field that Carter first dreamed of batting a World Series-winning home run. Carter’s story is unique in his achievements, but resonant with every baseball lover in the world; play the game hard, play the game right. A true sportsman on and off the field, Carter will forever be known as one of the best players of the late ’80s and ’90s.