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Gary Carter tributes flood Montreal

A collection of Gary Carter memorabilia at the Centre Pierre-Charbonneau in Montreal, March 24, 2012



MONTREAL - City Hall was flooded with close to 2,000 suggestions for ways to honour the late Expos great, Gary Carter, after it launched a public call for ideas in February.

Carter, an 11-time all-star who entered the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003 as a Montreal Expo, died of cancer in February at age 57.

Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay called on citizens shortly after Carter's death to send suggestions to the city's website on how to pay tribute to a man who was so popular during his 11 seasons in Montreal, even the prime minister was jealous.

Then prime minister Pierre Trudeau reportedly said, "I am certainly happy that I don't have to run for election against Gary Carter."

Tremblay said the city received "a variety of high-quality ideas" and it will discuss with Carter's family on which one to choose.

Carter was drafted by the Montreal Expos in 1972. He won three Gold Glove awards with the Expos. He was traded to the New York Mets in 1984 and helped the team win the 1986 World Series.

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