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Frank Tug McGraw


MLB pitcher for nineteen years with the brand new York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies, and dad of country vocalist Tim McGraw. He gained his nickname from his unusually intense breast nourishing behavior like a baby. He’s best kept in mind for recording the ultimate strikeout against the Kansas Town Royals, which led to the Phillies earning their first Globe Series in 1980. He previously his child Tim McGraw along with his sweetheart Betty Trimble. He received the 1980 Globe Series using the Phillies, and among their celebrity players was the fantastic Pete Rose.

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Full Name Tug McGraw
Date Of Birth August 30, 1944
Died January 5, 2004, Brentwood, Tennessee, United States
Place Of Birth Martinez, CA
Height 1.82 m
Profession Baseball Player
Education St. Vincent Ferrer High School, Solano Community College
Nationality American
Spouse Phyllis Kline
Children Tim McGraw, Mark McGraw, Cari Velardo, Matthew McGraw
Parents Frank Edwin McGraw, Sr., Mable McKenna
Siblings Dennis McGraw
Star Sign Virgo

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1Inducted into the [New York] Mets Hall of Fame in 1993.
2Inducted into the [Philadelphia] Phillies Wall of Fame in 1999.
3Inducted into the Auburn [New York] Baseball Wall of Fame in 2007.
4Wrote the comic strip novel "Scroogie; Hello There, Ball!" back in 1977 with Mike Witte about a hapless pitcher and his team.
5Was the last active major league player to have ever played for Casey Stengel.
6Distant cousin of Lori Moegling.
7Could also throw right handed. Would often loosen up before ballgames by playing right handed catch with his teammates, making fans wonder who that righthander wearing number 45 was.
8Was credited with the first Met victory over Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax on August 26, 1965. Koufax had been 18-0 against the Mets in his career up to that point.
9Traded by the Mets along with outfielders Don Hahn and Dave Schneck to the Phillies on December 3, 1974 for catcher John Stearns, outfielder Del Unser and pitcher Mac Scarce. McGraw felt he was being discarded as "damaged goods" due to a back problem he'd developed that season. After the trade, he was diagnosed with a simple cyst and after surgery, recovered completely.
10He got his nickname "Tug" by his mother because of the particularly aggressive way he breast-fed.
11Had names for his different types of fastballs: Peggy Lee ("Is that all there is?"), Bo Derek ("A nice little tail"), the Cutty Sark ("It sailed") and the Titanic ("It sunk").
12During his first spring training with the Phillies, McGraw dyed his uniform green in honor of St Patricks's Day (his favorite holiday). Since then the Phillies celebrate each St Patrick's Day by wearing special green Phillies caps in an exhibition game, then auctioning them off for their ALS charity.
13Son, Tim McGraw, is a country singer.
14He was the father of 6 children, 5 sons and 1 daughter. His sons are Tim McGraw, Mark McGraw and Matthew McGraw, also 2 step sons Christpher and Ian. His daughter is Cari Velardo.
15He had 4 grandchildren at the time of his death.
16Father of country music superstar Tim McGraw.
17Father-in-law of country singer Faith Hill.
18Sons: Mark, Matthew and Tim. Daughters: Cari, Katelyn and Mia Lisa.
19Notable career statistics: 7.83 Hits Allowed per 9 Innings Pitched (67th All Time), 6.59 Strikeouts per 9 Innings Pitched (98th All Time), 824 Games (24th All Time), 180 Saves (42nd All Time) and 541 Games Finished (22nd All Time).
20Led National League in Win-Loss Percentage (.733) in 1971.
21Finished 5th in voting for 1980 National League Cy Young Award for having 20 Saves and finishing 48 games.
22Named to 1972 and 1975 National League All Star Teams.
23Member of 1969 World Series Champion New York Mets team. Member of 1973 National League Champion New York Mets team. Member of 1976-1978 National League Eastern Division Champion Philadelphia Phillies teams. Member of 1980 World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies team. Member of 1983 National League Champion Philadelphia Phillies team.
24Pitcher for the New York Mets (1965-1967 and 1969-1974) and Philadelphia Phillies (1975-1984).
25Children: Matthew by ex-wife Diane and two step sons Christopher and Ian with Diane; Mark McGraw and Cari Lynn by ex-wife Phyllis. McGraw was not married to Phyllis when he met Elizabeth d'Agostino; their son, Tim McGraw, was 11 when he learned of his paternity. McGraw knew of the possibility of Tim at the time, but refused to fully acknowledge the boy and wasn't interested in being a part of his life. The two eventually became close, and Tim took the surname McGraw.
26Was a sports/special interest reporter for WPVI-TV in Philadelphia from 1985 to 1993.
27Rejoined the Philadelphia Phillies as a Spring Training pitching instructor in 2002.
28Pitched in major leagues for the New York Mets (1965-1974) and Philadelphia Phillies (1975-1984)
29Much of pitching success was due to throwing a screwball, a wrong-way curveball that was effective against righthanded hitters.
30Joined the Phillies for the 1975 season and became one of the city's most beloved sports figures in his ten seasons there. Struck out Willie Wilson to end the 1980 World Series, the only one ever won by the Phillies until 2008.
31Coined the phrase "You Gotta Believe" while with the Mets in 1973. The Mets, who had been in last place much of the season, ended up going to the World Series.



Baseball Funny Side Up1987VideoHost



ESPN SportsCentury2002-2004TV Series documentaryHimself
100 Years of the World Series2003Video documentaryHimself
Everybody Loves Raymond1999TV SeriesHimself
What's Wrong with Sports in America?1997TV MovieHimself
An Amazin Era: Revised and Updated1989VideoHimself
Centennial: Over 100 Years of Philadelphia Phillies Baseball1986VideoHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1982TV SeriesHimself
The Baseball Bunch1982TV Series documentaryHimself
1980 World Series1980TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher
1980 National League Championship Series1980TV SeriesHimself - Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher
Good Morning America1979TV SeriesHimself
1978 National League Championship Series1978TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher
1977 National League Championship Series1977TV SeriesHimself - Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher
1976 National League Championship Series1976TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher
The Mike Douglas Show1975-1976TV SeriesHimself - Pro Baseball Player / Himself - MLB Player
1973 World Series1973TV Mini-SeriesHimself - New York Mets Pitcher
1973 National League Championship Series1973TV SeriesHimself - New York Mets Pitcher
1972 MLB All-Star Game1972TV SpecialHimself - NL Pitcher
WPVI Action News1970TV SeriesHimself - Sports Reporter (1985-1993)
1969 National League Championship Series1969TV SeriesHimself - New York Mets Pitcher

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Prime 92011TV SeriesHimself
DHL Presents Major League Baseball Hometown Heroes2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself

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1When asked if he liked the artificial grass in the Houston Astrodome. "I don't know, I never smoked the stuff."
2"Ten million years from now, when the sun burns out and the earth is just a frozen snowball hurling through space, nobody's going to care whether or not I got this guy out." (On the Mets losing the 1973 World Series to the Oakland A's; This became one of his famous quotes, known as the Frozen Snowball Theory)
3When asked what he will do with his share of the World Series money "I'm going to spend 90% of it on good times, women, and Irish whiskey. The other 10% I'm going to waste."

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