Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians
Carter first reached the majors in 1983 with the Cubs, but was traded to the Cleveland Indians the following year, where he blossomed into a star. Carter emerged as a prolific power hitter, hitting as many as 35 home runs in a season and regularly driving in 100 or more runs. He was also a very good baserunner, stealing 20-30 bases a year with a high rate of success; in 1987, Carter became a rare member of the single-season 30–30 club for home runs/stolen bases.
San Diego Padres
Toronto Blue Jays
Carter’s overall game improved dramatically in 1991, as he helped the Toronto Blue Jays win the division title and hit the game-winning single that clinched the AL East championship. In 1992, he helped the Jays win their first World Series championship, the first ever won by a Canadian-based team. Carter hit two home runs.
Carter hit two home runs in one inning against the Baltimore Orioles in 1993.
1993 World Series
In 1993, the Blue Jays reached the World Series again, facing the Philadelphia Phillies. In Game 6, with the Blue Jays leading three games to two, Carter came to bat with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning with the Blue Jays trailing 6–5 and hit a three-run walk-off home run to win the World Series. Upon hitting the home run, Carter jumped up and down many times, most notably while rounding first base, where his helmet came off.
Carter was named to five All-Star teams. In his career he hit 396 home runs and drove in 1445 runs. He drove in 100 runs in a season ten times, including the 1994 year, which was cut short due to the strike that occurred 115 games into the year. He was the first player to record 100 RBI for three different teams in three consecutive seasons. In 1993, while a Toronto Blue Jay, Carter set an American League record when he hit 3 home runs in a game for the fifth time in his career. (The record was tied 10 years later by another Blue Jay– Carlos Delgado.)
Carter was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003.
In September 2006, Carter was awarded the Major League Baseball Hometown Heroes Award, as the former or current player who best represents the legacy of his franchise’s history, as voted by fans.
Carter co-chairs the annual “Joe Carter Classic”, a celebrity golf tournament in the Toronto area founded in 2010 to benefit the Children’s Aid Foundation. The tournament has raised over $225,000 for the foundation.