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Tug McGraw
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Baseball Player
    (August 30, 1944-January 5, 2004)
    Died in Nashville, Tennessee
    Full name is Frank Edwin McGraw
    Pitcher for the New York Mets (1965 - 1967, 1969-1974) and Philadelphia Phillies (1975 - 1984)
    Threw left, batted right
    Two-time National League All-Star (1972, 1975); winning pitcher in 1972 All-Star Game
    Two-time member of World Series championship teams with the Mets (1969) and Phillies (1980)
    Career record was 96-92 with a 3.14 ERA and 180 saves
    Father of country singer Tim McGraw and father-in-law of country singer Faith Hill
    He was known for charging off the mound, slapping his glove on his thigh and tapping his chest after a close call.
    He threw a screwball, but he was a bit of a screwball himself.
    His record was only 4-19 in his first three major league seasons.
    He was unsuccessful early in his career as a starting pitcher before becoming a full-time reliever in 1969.
    His nickname 'Tug' came from his enthusiasm for feeding at his mother's breast.
    He fathered his son Tim illegitimately while playing in the minor leagues (1966).
    After Tim discovered that Tug was his biological father at the age of 11, Tug failed to acknowledge that Tim was his son, even after meeting him twice.
    While working as a special instructor for the Phillies during spring training in 2003, doctors discovered a malignant tumor on his brain. Given three weeks to live by doctors, he managed to survive more than nine months.
    He popularized the phrase 'You Gotta Believe' during the Mets' 1973 NL championship season and carried the slogan through his illness.
    He was an outstanding big-game pitcher, compiling a 3-3 record with eight saves and a 2.23 ERA in 26 career postseason games.
    He struck out Willie Wilson of the Kansas City Royals to record the final out of the 1980 World Series.
    He was the first Mets pitcher to defeat Sandy Koufax (August 26, 1965).
    He was the last active player to play for Casey Stengel.
    He had a positive attitude, a great sense of humor, enjoyed life and lived his life to its fullest.
    He had a playful personality and was a fan favorite in both New York and Philadelphia.
    When 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.'
    When asked what he planned to do with his salary, he replied: 'Ninety percent I'll spend on good times, women, and Irish Whiskey. The other ten percent I'll probably waste.'
    He was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame and Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.
    After Tug and Tim reconciled during Tim's teen years, they maintained a close relationship until Tug's death.

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