When it comes to Toronto Blue Jays’ legend Joe Carter, the first thing that comes to everyone’s mind is his game-winning, World Series clinching three-run homer off Philadelphia Phillies star closer Mitch Williams to help the Jays win their second of a back-to-back World Series title back in 1993. His feat will always remain in the memories of many Jays fans as a part of Jays’ lore.
However, Carter is more than just a former World Series hero and MLB superstar. He is a fine, kind-hearted man that does his best to give back to the community whenever he has the chance. Which is why he has held the annual charity golf tournament ever since 2009, in collaboration with MLB, his business partner Chris Samdeo, and the event chairman James Dodds, to help raise funds for children and families affected by child welfare.
This year will be the 14th instalment of the Joe Carter Classic Golf Tournament, as it will take place on June 27 and 28. The annual event brings together golfers, along with famous athletes and entertainment celebrities to participate in the two-day event, having raised over $2.5 million in total over the past 13 years. For this year in particular, the raised funds will be put towards the Children’s Aid Foundation.
Just recently, it has also been announced that a trio of former Blue Jays will be attending the event. They are former Jays’ manager Cito Gaston, pitcher Dave “Smoke” Stewart, and outfielder José “Joey Bats” Bautista.
Gaston remains the only Blue Jays manager ever to lead the team to a World Series title, and he did it twice, back in 1992 and 1993. Stewart was an integral part of the Jays’ roster, being part of their starting rotation during their successful season and playoff run in 1993, including being named ALCS MVP in the series against the Chicago White Sox. Bautista was less fortunate as he never got the chance to play in the World Series, but he has forever etched his spot in Jays’ history with his game-breaking, bat flipping three-run homer in game five of ALDS back in 2015 against the Texas Rangers.
There’s absolutely no doubt that the 14th annual Joe Carter Classic will be a big hit, not only for the charity and organization, but for many fans and spectators as well.