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Encyclopedia > Tug McGraw
Tug McGraw
Relief pitcher
Born: August 30, 1944
Died: January 5, 2004 (aged 59)
Batted: Right Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 18, 1965 for the New York Mets
Final game
September 25, 1984 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
Saves     180
ERA     3.14
Strikeouts     1109
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • 47th in career Saves (180)
  • 1969: 8th in NL with 12 Saves
  • 1972: 2nd in NL with 27 Saves
  • 1973: 2nd in NL with 25 Saves
  • 1975: 6th in NL with 14 Saves
  • 1979: 8th in NL with 16 Saves
  • 1980: 7th in NL with 20 Saves
  • 1981: 7th in NL with 10 Saves
  • 1971: 1st in NL with Won-Loss % (.733)
  • Appeared in 1972 & 1975 All-Star Game
  • 1980 NL-Babe Ruth Award

Frank Edwin "Tug" McGraw Jr. (August 30, 1944January 5, 2004) was a colorful Major League Baseball relief pitcher. He was the father of country music singer Tim McGraw. He was born in Martinez, California. Image File history File linksMetadata Iemcgraw. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... August 30 is the 242nd day of the year (243rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... January 5 is the 5th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... April 18 is the 108th day of the year (109th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... 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New York Mets

Signed out of Poway high school by the New York Mets on June 12, 1964. The Mets tried him as a starting pitcher, but he only managed a 2-12 record in 16 starts over two years. One of those victories, however, was against Dodger pitcher Sandy Koufax—the first time the Mets had ever beaten the future Hall of Famer. After spending all of 1968 in the minor leagues with the Jacksonville Suns, he became a full-time reliever in 1969. Relying on a good screwball, he racked up twelve saves for the Miracle Mets as they went on to win the World Series, but he did not pitch in the Fall Classic. Main article: Secondary education High school is a name used in some parts of the world, and particularly in North America, to describe the last segment of compulsory education. ... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42 Name New York Mets (1962–present) Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964–present) Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 1969 â€¢ 1986 NL Pennants (4) 1969 â€¢ 1973 â€¢ 1986 â€¢ 2000... June 12 is the 163rd day of the year (164th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1964 throughout the world. ... Sanford Koufax (IPA pronunciation: /kofæks/) (born Sanford Braun on December 30, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American former left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers from 1955 to 1966. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1968 throughout the world. ... League Southern League Division South Division Year founded 1962 Major League affiliation Los Angeles Dodgers Home ballpark Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville Previous home ballparks Sam W. Wolfson Baseball Park City Jacksonville, Florida Current uniform colors blue, yellow, red Previous uniform colors Logo design The wordmark Suns in blue outlined in... The following are the baseball events of the year 1969 throughout the world. ... A screwball is a baseball pitch that is thrown so as to break in the opposite direction of a curveball. ... To save in a sport means to stop a goal or to maintain the lead. ... The New York Mets are a Major League Baseball team based in the borough of Queens in New York City. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ...


He became one of the more successful closers in baseball during the early 1970s, placing second in the National League in saves in 1972 and 1973. McGraw was the winning pitcher of the 1972 All-Star Game, one of two All-Star Games in which he played. During the 1973 season, he coined a popular rallying cry for the Mets, "You Gotta Believe!" That year, the Mets won the National League East with only 82 wins, but managed to make the World Series, losing to the Oakland Athletics in seven games in a series many Mets fans felt the team should have won. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979. ... The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ... The following are the events of the year 1972 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January-March January 3 - A group of investors, headed by shipbuilder George Steinbrenner, purchases the New York Yankees from CBS for $10 million. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the manager (the managers from the previous years... The National League East Division is one of Major League Baseballs six divisions. ... The 1973 World Series matched the defending champion Oakland Athletics against the New York Mets, with the As winning in seven games to repeat as World Champions. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 9, 27, 34, 42, 43, (As) Name Oakland Athletics (1968–present) Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967) Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954) (Referred to as As) Ballpark McAfee Coliseum (1968–present) a. ...


Philadelphia Phillies

On December 3, 1974, McGraw was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies along with Don Hahn and Dave Schneck in exchange for catcher John Stearns, pitcher Mac Scarce and outfielder Del Unser. At the time of the trade, McGraw was the all-time Mets leader in saves, games pitched, and games finished, and it appeared as though the Mets were unloading damaged goods, as McGraw had developed shoulder trouble during the 1974 season. After the trade, he was diagnosed with a simple cyst and after successful surgery to remove it, recovered completely. December 3 is the 337th (in leap years the 338th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 16 - The Baseball Writers Association of America elects former New York Yankees teammates Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford to the Hall of Fame. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 14, 20, 32, 36, 42 Name Philadelphia Phillies (1883–present) Philadelphia Quakers (1882) (Commonly referred to as Blue Jays 1943-1945 despite formal name remaining Phillies) Ballpark Citizens Bank Park (2004–present) Veterans Stadium... John Hardin Stearns (born August 21, 1951) is a former catcher in Major League Baseball who played for the New York Mets from 1975 to 1984 (he also played a single game for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1974). ... Delbert Bernard Unser (born December 9, 1944 Decatur, IL - ) was a utility player with a 15 year career from 1968 to 1982. ... In baseball statistics, games pitched (denoted by GP) is the number of games in which a pitcher appears. ... In baseball statistics, a relief pitcher is credited with a game finished (denoted by GF) if he is the last pitcher to pitch for his team in a game. ...


With the Phillies, he continued his role as a reliable relief pitcher. In 1980, he finished fifth in the NL Cy Young Award voting, compiling 20 saves and a 1.46 ERA and helping the Phillies win the NL East. In the playoffs, he appeared in all five games of the National League Championship Series, saving two of them. His finest efforts came in the World Series, striking out ten batters in 7 2/3 innings. He saved the final game by striking out Willie Wilson, clinching the Phillies' first World Series championship. This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 9 - Al Kaline and Duke Snider are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... In baseball, the Cy Young Award is an honor given annually to the best pitchers in the Major Leagues. ... In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ... In Major League Baseball, the National League Championship Series (NLCS) determines who wins the National League pennant and advances to baseballs championship, the World Series, facing the winner of the American League Championship Series. ... Willie James Wilson (born July 9, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama) is a former Major League Baseball player for the Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, and Chicago Cubs. ...


He spent the next four seasons as a set-up man rather than a closer, and retired after the 1984 season. He compiled 180 saves in his career, tied for eighth-best in Major League history at the time. Tug McGraw was the last active major league player to have played under manager Casey Stengel. His final majorleague game pitched was September 25, 1984. The following are the baseball events of the year 1984 throughout the world. ...


Comments

Besides his pitching talents, Tug McGraw was a colorful character off the field. He once famously said: "Ninety percent [of my salary] I'll spend on good times, women, and Irish Whiskey. The other ten percent I'll probably waste." When asked in 1974 whether he preferred natural grass or artificial turf, he replied "I don't know, I never smoked AstroTurf", a playful reference to smoking marijuana. [1] In the mid 1970s McGraw was involved with the creation of the nationally syndicated comic strip "Scroogie." Listen to this article · (info) This audio file was created from an article revision dated 2006-02-04, and may not reflect subsequent edits to the article. ... A Cannabis sativa plant The drug cannabis, also called marijuana, is produced from parts of the cannabis plant, primarily the cured flowers and gathered trichomes of the female plant. ...


Honors

He was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1993 and to the Philadelphia Phillies Wall of Fame in 1999. The New York Mets Hall of Fame was created in 1981 to recognize the careers of former New York Mets players, managers, broadcasters and executives. ... // This year in baseball Events January - Reggie Jackson is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, receiving 94% of the vote. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1999 throughout the world. ...


Other work

In the 1980s and 1990s, he was a reporter for Action News on WPVI, the American Broadcasting Company affiliate found on channel 6 in Philadelphia, and usually reported on sports or wacky stories. WPVI-TV Action News open, 2006. ... WPVI-TV Channel 6 is the ABC affiliate in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, owned by ABCs parent company Disney, with transmitter in Roxborough. ... The American Broadcasting Company ( oftenly known as ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Nickname: Motto: Philadelphia maneto - Let brotherly love continue Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States Commonwealth Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Government  - Mayor John F. Street (D) Area  - City 369. ...


McGraw could also throw righthanded and would often loosen up before games by playing righthanded catch with his teammates, leaving fans wondering who that righthander wearing number 45 was.


On March 12, 2003, McGraw was working as a spring training instructor for the Phillies when he was hospitalized with a brain tumor. Surgery performed to remove it revealed that he had cancer. Given three weeks to live by doctors, he managed to survive nine months. During this time, he attended the closing ceremonies of Veterans Stadium, where he recreated the final out of the Phillies' World Series triumph. March 12 is the 71st day of the year (72nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the events of the year 2003 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... A Grapefruit League game at the LA Dodgers camp in Vero Beach, Florida In Major League Baseball, spring training is a series of exhibition games which precedes the regular season. ... A brain tumor is any intracranial tumor created by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division, normally either found in the brain itself (neurons, glial cells (astrocytes, oligodendrocytes, ependymal cells), lymphatic tissue, blood vessels), in the cranial nerves (myelin-producing Schwann cells), in the brain envelopes (meninges), skull, pituitary and pineal gland... Cancer is a class of diseases or disorders characterized by uncontrolled division of cells and the ability of these to spread, either by direct growth into adjacent tissue through invasion, or by implantation into distant sites by metastasis (where cancer cells are transported through the bloodstream or lymphatic system). ... Philadelphia Veterans Stadium (informally called The Vet) was a professional sports facility located at the northeast corner of Broad Street and Pattison Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ...


Team rankings

At the time of his death, McGraw was ranked:

  • 24th on the all-time major league list in games pitched (824)
  • 22nd on the all-time major league list in games finished (541)
  • 1st on the all-time Phillies list in games finished (313)
  • 3rd on the all-time Phillies list in games pitched (500)
  • 4th on the all-time Phillies list in saves (94)
  • 8th on the all-time Phillies list in least hits per nine innings (7.89)
  • 4th on the all-time Mets list in games saved (86)
  • 4th on the all-time Mets list in games finished (228)
  • 5th on the all-time Mets list in most games pitched (361)
  • 7th on the all-time Mets list in least hits per nine innings (7.78)
  • 10th on the all-time Mets list in most batters struck out per nine innings (7.02)

Personal life

McGraw had just met Betty D'Agostino in 1966 when their brief relationship resulted in the conception of country music superstar Tim McGraw. For years, Tug refused to acknowledge that this was his son, but eventually he and Tim became close. Tim made one last visit to Tug when Tim was 18 to connect with Tug. Tim figured he would make one last effort if Tug denied him he was never going to contact Tug again. Upon seeing Tim as an 18 year old Tug knew there was no doubt as Tim strongly resembled Tug when Tug was the same age Tim McGraw (born Samuel Timothy Smith on May 1, 1967, in Delhi, Louisiana) is an American country music singer who has achieved many number one hits on the country singles and album charts, with total sales in excess of 25 million units. ...


Tug was married to the former Phyllis Kline in 1968, with whom he had two children. They divorced in 1988.


Quotes

Asked what he would do with the salary he was making as a pitcher, Tug McGraw said:


"Ninety percent I'll spend on good times, women and Irish whiskey. The other ten percent I'll probably waste."


Source: The New Yorker, Feb 19 & 26 issue. (Louis Menand, article entitled "Notable Quotables")


Asked in 1974 by a reporter whether he preferred playing on grass or AstroTurf, he replied: 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Listen to this article · (info) This audio file was created from an article revision dated 2006-02-04, and may not reflect subsequent edits to the article. ...


"I don't know - I never smoked AstroTurf!"


See also

United States Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania (right) is a long-term brain tumor survivor who continues to serve in public office. ...

External links

Preceded by
Willie Stargell
Babe Ruth Award
1980
Succeeded by
Ron Cey

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