On this date in San Diego Padres history, the Padres played witness to the 299th home run hit by New York Mets catcher Gary Carter in the seventh inning of a 7-4 victory over San Diego at Jack Murphy Stadium.
The craziest part about this is not so much the home run, but how long it took Carter in between hitting #299 and finally recording his 300th home run. Following this game, Carter would see 230 more at-bats and go a full three months before hitting his next homer on August 11th in a 9-6 win over the Chicago Cubs.
Carter would finish his career with 324 career home runs across four more years with three different teams before calling it a career following the 1992 season. Carter was an 11x All-Star, a former World Series Champion, and a 3x Golden Glove award winner with all three honors coming in consecutive seasons. He has since be inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame and had his No. 8 retired by the Montreal Expos (later relocated to Washington and re-branded as the Nationals.) In 2003, he was finally inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame.