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Former Relief Pitcher Tug McGraw Dies
AP | 01/05/04

Posted on 01/05/2004 6:30:41 PM PST by IndyTiger

PHILADELPHIA - Tug McGraw, the zany relief pitcher who coined the phrase "You Gotta Believe" with the New York Mets (news) and later closed out the Philadelphia Phillies (news)' only World Series (news - web sites) championship, died Monday. He was 59.

McGraw died of brain cancer in Nashville, team spokesman Larry Shenk said. He had been battling the disease since March when he underwent surgery for a malignant tumor.

"We lost a part of Mets history tonight," Mets owner Fred Wilpon said. "Tug was a battler on and off the field. I know he fought the disease with every ounce of energy he had. We'll all miss him dearly."

A left-hander who threw a screwball, McGraw was a bit of screwball himself — a fan favorite in New York, Philadelphia and throughout the majors.

Once asked whether he preferred to play on a grass field or an artificial surface, he said, "I don't know. I never smoked any AstroTurf."


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Wasn't Tug the father of country singer Tim McGraw?
1 posted on 01/05/2004 6:30:41 PM PST by IndyTiger
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To: IndyTiger
Still is.
2 posted on 01/05/2004 6:32:00 PM PST by MarkeyD (Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.)
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Linda Carter is completely unrelated to Free Republic. But if I am going to have to post donation begs until the Freepathon is over, I'm going to occasionally post something I want! And there is only one way you can stop me!

3 posted on 01/05/2004 6:32:32 PM PST by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: IndyTiger
Yes....Tug McGraw is Tim McGraw's father. Very sad.
4 posted on 01/05/2004 6:34:55 PM PST by Arpege92
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To: IndyTiger
Too bad -- I liked Tug.
5 posted on 01/05/2004 6:35:47 PM PST by r9etb
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To: IndyTiger
My favorite Tug quote:

After signing a big contract he was asked what he planned to do with the money.

"I'll probably spend most of it on wine, women and song," he said. "The rest of it, I'll probably waste."

R.I.P. Tugger.
6 posted on 01/05/2004 6:35:57 PM PST by Tall_Texan (Happy 2004 - the year we put Republicanism into overdrive.)
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To: Tall_Texan
LOL! He's the one who came up with that classic line?

RIP, Tug.

7 posted on 01/05/2004 6:37:37 PM PST by NYC GOP Chick (no longer sneezing, but still fairly cranky and sick right now :( ....)
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To: IndyTiger
"I don't know. I never smoked any AstroTurf."

Alas, the opportunity never presented itself.

8 posted on 01/05/2004 6:38:25 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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We lost a part of Mets history tonight

Sorry - Tug was always a Phillie to me.

9 posted on 01/05/2004 6:38:54 PM PST by Mannaggia l'America
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Yes, Tug is Tim's dad. He's been in ill health for some time. God be with the family in this hard time.
10 posted on 01/05/2004 6:41:54 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat (I'm so glad to no longer be associated with the Party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: IndyTiger
Tug was cool.
11 posted on 01/05/2004 6:43:29 PM PST by Huck (This space available--monthly rates---great exposure)
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To: Mannaggia l'America
Me too. Tugger will always be part of the 1980 Phillies that finally put the demon to rest. Of course they haven't won it since then, but it lets us feel SO superior to SOME people! Ahem to my Boston and Chicago friends!
12 posted on 01/05/2004 6:43:59 PM PST by blau993 (Labs for love; .357 for Security.)
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To: IndyTiger; Temple Owl; Dr. Scarpetta; Tribune7
Sad news indeed.
 
I had the opportunity to meet Tug on many occasions and found him to be a world class individual.  One of the friendliest, down to earth people you'd ever come across.
 
He will be sadly missed.
 
This came as a surprise as he looked to be in full recovery at the closing ceremonies for Veterans Stadium just a few months ago.
 
R.I.P. Tugger.
 
(Phila Sports Ping, fellas)
 
 

Owl_Eagle

”Guns Before Butter.”

13 posted on 01/05/2004 6:45:06 PM PST by South Hawthorne ("Fire can be our servant, whether it's toasting S'mores or raining down on Charlie" –Ppl Skinner)
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To: IndyTiger
Sad news. RIP, Tug.
14 posted on 01/05/2004 6:45:32 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: IndyTiger
RIP Tugger, you gave me many fond memories.
15 posted on 01/05/2004 6:46:30 PM PST by PattonReincarnated (Rebuild the Temple)
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16 posted on 01/05/2004 6:47:17 PM PST by Mannaggia l'America
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To: Mannaggia l'America
I have an autographed 1973 topps from Tugger that I will cherish forever, great guy.
17 posted on 01/05/2004 6:48:03 PM PST by Gillmeister
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I had season tickets and saw Tug a couple of times at the Vet last summer. I thought he was looking okay and I was under the impression that they got the tumor and he was recovering. This news really comes as a surprise to me.
18 posted on 01/05/2004 6:48:44 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: IndyTiger
He was a good man. I don't follow baseball much any more, but he was a real standout.
19 posted on 01/05/2004 6:50:52 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: IndyTiger
Kind of saw it coming when he first went public with his brain cancer. R.I.P. Tugger.
20 posted on 01/05/2004 6:51:34 PM PST by GreatOne (You will bow down before me, Son of Jor-el!)
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