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Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013 | 11:00 AM

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Joe Carter celebrates as he runs the bases after his game-winning three-run home run to win the 1993 World Series for the Blue Jays in Toronto. (Hans Deryk/Canadian Press) Joe Carter celebrates as he runs the bases after his game-winning three-run home run to win the 1993 World Series for the Blue Jays in Toronto. (Hans Deryk/Canadian Press)

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Today we say "Happy 53rd" to Joe Carter, the Toronto Blue Jays' World Series hero.
CBCSports.ca wants to wish a happy birthday to athletes and others involved in the sports world who left a lasting legacy on their games or are responsible for moments still talked about.

Today we say "Happy 53rd" to Joe Carter, the Toronto Blue Jays' World Series hero.


While Canada has produced some star baseball players, it was a guy from Oklahoma that's responsible for perhaps this country's most famous baseball moment.

Joe Carter was drafted by the Chicago Cubs with the second pick of the 1981 draft and had stops in Cleveland and San Diego before arriving in Toronto in 1990, part of a blockbuster trade that sent Tony Fernandez and Fred McGriff to the Padres while Carter and Roberto Alomar headed north.

That trade paid off.

Carter helped lead the Blue Jays to the AL East title in 1991, but that was merely a prelude to Toronto's first World Series win in 1992 against Atlanta. Carter hit two home runs in the series and recorded the last out at first base in Game 6 to seal the win.

But it wasn't until a year later, on Oct. 23, 1993, that Carter achieved legendary status with this World Series-winning, walk-off home run at what was then known as the SkyDome:



Some have argued that the homer was Canada's baseball equivalent of Paul Henderson's Summit Series-winning goal during Game 8 in Moscow in 1972.

It was also only the second time a player had hit a home run to end a World Series.

Carter left the Blue Jays as a free agent after the 1997 season, splitting '98 between Baltimore and San Francisco before hanging up his cleats at the end of that season.

Carter finished his 16-year career with 396 home runs, 1,445 RBIs and 231 stolen bases in 2,189 games. That's an average of 29 homers, 107 RBIs and 17 steals over a 162-game season.

He was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003, as well as the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 2004, where they showcased a few more of his career highlights:



Where were you when Joe Carter hit the shot heard 'round Canada? Tell us your story in the comments section below!

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