Believe it or not there is a ball field dedicated to Gary Carter!
The following pictures and story highlight the Little League field dedicated to Gary. His field is located in Wall Township, New Jersey, behind the Shore Christian Center.
My wife and son, Carter, took a trip to see the field for ourselves and even though there were no games being played that day one could vision the excitement. The field was beautiful, and how I wished, as I was growing up, that my town had this type of field.
This field should do Gary proud. If you have nothing to do on a given day take a trip down to see the field for yourself, then afterwards you could continue south a little ways to Atlantic City. -- Place your bets on Number 8 --
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"Reprinted with the permission of
THE COAST STAR, MANASQUAN, N.J."
The Coast Star - 1997
Sunshine, players enhance Gary Carter Park dedication
Inaugural Peak Performance Clinic initiates complex
By Fred Melendez
The game of baseball stands chock full of immortals.
From Abner Doubleday to the Say Hey Kid ....
From the Great Bambino to Mr. Cub ...
From Hammerin' Hank to Gary Carter ...
Yes, the man said Gary Carter.
On the type of day that Ernie Banks immortalized, Gary "The Kid" Carter joined the ranks of the immortals at the Shore Christian Center in Wall Township on Sunday afternoon.
With the glory of sunshine joining the evergreen-laced complex to
provide a radiant backdrop, the new baseball diamond that graces the Shore
Christian Center terrain became forever known as Gary Carter Park.
A fabulous beam of granite bearing an excellent likeness of Carter will
eternally remind all who come to the complex that Carter is "an exuberant
man of valor who played for the glory of God and the love of the game."
"We dedicate this field in the glory of God for the joy of all people,"
Shore Christian Center Pastor Dewey Friedel announced to the fine crowd
that attended the prior church service at which Carter spoke and the
"We named this field Gary Carter Park," Friedel continued, "because of
the great association that our church has enjoyed with Gary over the past
Carter, who swiftly cut the ribbon to officially open the field to the
public, addressed the audience immediately following Friedel's
"To all of you who will ever use this field, may you have glorious
times of winning and enjoyment," expressed Carter, who fueled the World
Series championship ride for the New York Mets in 1986. "I'm speechless to
say that this is a beautiful field to have dedicated to anyone.
"When you come out to this field," Carter added, "have smiles on your
In short order, Carter, who enjoyed a fine Major League playing career
with the Expos, Mets, Giants and Dodgers, teamed up with Dickie Noles (a
15-year pro who pitched for the World Series champion Phillies in 1980 and
also played with the Cubs, Rangers, Indians, Tigers and Orioles) and Ed
McRea (head coach of the Middlesex Colts and a coach with the USA Baseball
team that won a gold medal in the National Championships).
These three gentlemen conducted the inaugural Peak Performance For Life
All-Star Baseball Clinic, during which approximately 50 youngsters picked
up pointers from the pros.
McRea instructed the eager campers in the areas of fielding and
Noles shared his pitching expertise with the players.
"There are two ways to hold the fastball," Noles said. "You can throw
it with the seams or across the seams. You also have to learn to get on
top of the ball with your pitches.
"There is a fallacy about the curveball being harmful to a young
pitcher's arm," Noles added. "The curveball will not harm you if it's
Noles described that proper way.
"Hold the ball with four seams," he stated. "Throw the pitch with a
tight wrist and a strong shoulder.
"You've got to throw strikes," Noles dictated pitching's most golden
rule. "You want to get all the momentum of your motion going toward home
Carter described the opposite end of pitches to the kids.
"Every one of you will develop your own style of hitting," Carter
stated. "The whole key to hitting is to be able to see the ball and hit
"You're always looking to make solid contact," continued Carter, who
also supplied instructions about working the catcher's position. "You want
your swing to hit down on the ball. You don't want to upper-cut and you
don't want to have too much head movement."
Noles expressed the sentiment felt by himself and Carter regarding the
chance to instruct these youngsters.
"It's really a whole lot of fun," Noles said. "Anytime you get the
chance to work with children, it's a blessing.
"The older kids can learn a little bit better because they've been
playing and understand things a little more," Noles added. "You hope that
you reach the fathers of the younger kids so that they can work with them
Before the clinic began, Carter and Noles baptized the playing surface
with a quick game of pepper.
Noles heaved in the pitches that Carter attempted to drill beyond the
friendly confines of his freshly commemorated complex.
"I can't tell you how long it's been since I hit one out!" Carter
"Hey, I still got it!" Noles exclaimed after registering a swinging
strike on Carter.
Carter caught up with a Noles offering to nail a homer to leftfield
that registered approximately 335 feet.
"Hey, Gary!!" a voice bellowed from the admiring crowd. "Montreal's on
Carter jacked one more homer before he was through.
Just prior to that second roundtripper, Carter ripped a drive with home
run distance just wide of the leftfield foul pole.
"You gotta do that Carlton Fisk thing!" Noles chortled about the
immortal arm waving that Fisk unleashed to will a clutch World Series home
Doing his own thing so well for so long laid the foundation to the Wall
Township park that will forever bear his name and likeness.
"It's just wonderful," Carter said about his immortalization. "I owe it
all to Pastor Dewey.
"I just give God's glory and praise," Carter added. "When you have your
name placed on a field, it's a great honor. It's something that stands
The same stands true about the glorious image that characterized
Carter's playing career -- that eternal, 100-watt smile that told the
world just how grateful Carter was for the ability to play Major League
Baseball and experience its greatest fruits.