Tug McGraw

Baseball Player
Born Aug 30, 1944

Frank Edwin "Tug" McGraw Jr. was a Major League Baseball relief pitcher and the father of Country music singer Tim McGraw and actor/TV personality Mark McGraw and Cari McGraw. He is likely best remembered for recording the final out, via a strikeout of the Kansas City Royals' Willie Wilson, in the 1980 World Series, bringing the Philadelphia Phillies their first world championship.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Tug McGraw.


1944 Birth Born on August 30, 1944.


1962 17 Years Old McGraw graduated from St. Vincent Ferrer High School in Vallejo, California, in 1962.
1964 19 Years Old He enrolled in Solano Community College and signed with the New York Mets as an amateur free agent on June 12, 1964 upon graduation.


1965 20 Years Old 1 More Event
McGraw was used both as a starting pitcher and out of the bullpen in the minors; and, after just one season in the Mets' farm system, where he went 6–4 with a 1.64 earned run average in Rookie and class A ball, McGraw made the Mets out of Spring training 1965 without ever having played double or triple A ball. … Read More
1966 21 Years Old 1 More Event
The Mets used McGraw as a starter again in 1966, and he was 2–9 with a 5.52 ERA in that role.
1967 22 Years Old Though he also made four starts with the Mets in 1967, McGraw spent most of the season, and all of 1968 in the minor leagues with the Jacksonville Suns.
By the time he returned to the Mets in 1969, manager Gil Hodges had a very capable young pitching rotation that included Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman and Gary Gentry and had no need for McGraw as a starter until Koosman went down with an injury in May. … Read More
1972 27 Years Old McGraw emerged as one of the top closers in the National League in the early 1970s, enjoying a career year in 1972. … Read More
1973 28 Years Old 1 More Event
Whereas 1973 wasn't as good a year statistically for McGraw, he may have been the most valuable player on the team for the leadership role he assumed for the league champions. … Read More
1974 29 Years Old 1 More Event
On December 3, 1974, the Mets traded McGraw and outfielders Don Hahn and Dave Schneck to the Philadelphia Phillies for pitcher Mac Scarce, outfielder Del Unser and catcher John Stearns, whom the Phillies had drafted #2 overall in the 1973 Major League Baseball draft.


1975 30 Years Old With the Phillies, he continued his role as a reliable relief pitcher, earning his second career All-Star nod in his first season in Philadelphia, though he did not appear in the game. After finishing second to the Pirates in 1975, McGraw's Phillies won their division crown the next three seasons. They were, however, unable to reach the World Series as they were swept by Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine" in the 1976 National League Championship Series, and fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers the following two seasons. … Read More
1980 35 Years Old 1 More Event
McGraw pitched in all five games of the 1980 National League Championship Series against the Houston Astros. … Read More
1981 36 Years Old 1 More Event
McGraw went 2–4 with a 2.66 ERA and ten saves in the strike shortened 1981 season. … Read More
1983 38 Years Old 1 More Event
Prior to the start of the 1983 season, the Phillies acquired Al Holland from the San Francisco Giants to assume the closer role.


1989 44 Years Old McGraw, as a favor to longtime friend Roman Gabriel, would return to professional baseball for single starts during the 1989 and 1990 minor league seasons with the Class A Gastonia Rangers of the South Atlantic League. … Read More


1999 54 Years Old He appeared as himself in a 1999 episode of Everybody Loves Raymond along with several other members of the 1969 New York Mets on a nationally syndicated comic strip "Scroogie". … Read More
2003 58 Years Old 1 More Event
On March 12, 2003, McGraw was working as an instructor for the Phillies during spring training when he was hospitalized with a brain tumor. … Read More
The Mets played the 2004 season with the words "Ya Gotta Believe" embroidered on their left shoulders in McGraw's honor.
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