Joe Carter’s Home Run – 2015 Heritage Award

Born in 1960, Joe started his professional baseball career in 1983 with the Cubs, moving to the Indians then the Padres before joining the Blue Jays in 1991. He was an integral part of the 1992 and 1993 Jays championship teams, but he is best known for his 1993 World Series walk off home run that gave the Jays their second straight world series championship. It was Game 6. The Blue Jays led the series three games to two. With one out in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Jays trailing 6–5, Carter came to bat. Rickey Henderson and Paul Molitor stood on base. On a 2–2 count, Carter hit a three-run walk-off home run off Phillies pitcher Mitch Williams (against whom he was 0–4 career) to win the World Series. Only once before had a Series ended with a home run. (In 1960, Bill Mazeroski did it for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the New York Yankees.) Carter’s was the only home run hit by a player whose team was trailing in the bottom of the 9th inning in a potential championship clinching game. Upon hitting the home run, Carter went into a hysteria, jumping up and down many times, most notably while rounding first base, where his helmet came off. Carter is also the only player ever to both record the final out in one World Series, and get a series-clinching walk-off hit in another.