Tug McGraw
American baseball player
Tug McGraw
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.
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Tug McGraw’s ’73 Mets Rallying Cry? It’s Now on a Phillies Wall
NYTimes - 6 days
A hallway of Philadelphia’s spring training home has photos of McGraw (who was on the 1980 title team) and Ryan Howard (2008) with the words, “Ya Gotta Believe.”
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Tug McGraw Foundation to Host Highly Anticipated Fundraisers: June 8th, An Evening in the Songwriters Round Emceed by Storme Warren & June 9th, The Sold-Out 4th Annual Celebrity Sporting Clay Pro-Am
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
YOUNTVILLE, Calif., April 14, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Tug McGraw Foundation (TMF), a national nonprofit that raises awareness, supports programs, and drives research to build greater understanding for brain-related trauma and disease, announced today back-to-back fundraising events for research and programming to improve quality of life for children and adults with brain tumors, our nation's battle-wounded soldiers, and others suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Trauma Brain Injury (TBI). "The Tug McGraw Celebrity Pro Am Sporting Clay Tournament continues to be an event that artists, athletes, and our Nashville community look forward to every year," said Tim McGraw, Grammy®-winning singer, songwriter and actor. On Monday, June 8, 2015 the TMF will host an An Evening in the Songwriters Round, emceed by writer, producer and Great American Country host, and SiriusXM radio host, Storme Warren at the historic Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tennessee. A port ...
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After Tour, Jacksons to Release Album; Dylan Among Presidential Medal Honorees
Voice of America - almost 5 years
After Tour, Jacksons to Release Album Following the recent announcement that the Jacksons are planning their first tour in almost 30 years, Jackie Jackson told Billboard.com that the group will also record a new album.   “That’s what we gotta do - right after the tour, we’re gonna go back into the studio and start recording some new music.  I can’t wait,”  he said.  Jackie, Jermaine, Tito and Marlon will launch their “Unity Tour” on June 18 in Louisville, Kentucky.  They plan to pay tribute to their late brother Michael with performances of his solo hits. Bob Dylan Among Presidential Medal Honorees <!--IMAGE-LEFT--> The White House recently announced the 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients.  The list of 13 honorees includes legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, 1960s Assistant Attorney General John Doar, physician/epidemiologist William Foege, astronaut John Glenn, sociologist Gordon Hirabayashi, civil rights advocate ...
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Quiz on country music, Level 2: Ring of fire
Oxford University Press Blog - almost 5 years
Let’s test your knowledge from honky tonk to hillbilly blues. Here’s the second of a three-part quiz on the twang of guitars and accents, compiled by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Michael McCall, John Rumble, and Paul Kingsbury — authors of The Encyclopedia of Country Music. You can still go back and take “Quiz on country media, Level 1: Walk the line.” All this is running up to the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards is this Sunday, April 1st. Can you pass all three levels of our a country music knowledge challenge? What was Minnie Pearl’s real name? (a) Sandy Diamond (b) Judy Canova (c) Ophelia Acuff (d) Sarah Colley Which famous country singer popularized the song “Great Speckled Bird”? (a) Roy Acuff (b) Roy Drusky (c) Leroy Van Dyke (d) Uncle Dave Macon What radio show did Ernest Tubb begin broadcasting from his Nashville record store in 1947? (a) The Midnite Jamboree (b) E.T. Country (c) Tubb Thumping (d) The Troubadour Hour How is countr ...
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Manuel expects Utley to get into late groove - Phillies.com
Google News - over 5 years
Ryan Madson set a Phillies record for most relief appearances (461), passing Tug McGraw. Madson has made 480 appearances as a pitcher, trailing only Hall of Famers Steve Carlton (499) and Robin Roberts (529) in franchise history
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GO, METS, GO! New York Mets 1961-1969 - New York Daily News
Google News - over 5 years
New York Mets' Tug McGraw does a heads up job of walking on his hands around locker room at Shea Stadium. Nobody we know would ever dream of claiming that luck has anything to do with the fact that our Mets are now only a half game behind the Cubs
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Game 133: Going for 41 | Philadelphia Inquirer | 2011-09-01 - Philadelphia Inquirer (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Jim Kaat started, Garry Maddox doubled home the go-ahead run in the 13th inning, and Tug McGraw earned the win. Only twice in this franchise's 129-year history have the Phillies been 41 games over .500. With a win Thursday, the Phillies can do it a
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The Duel Of Hitting Pitchers In Cincinnati - Philly Sports Daily
Google News - over 5 years
When Ryan Madson gets the next call to come on in relief it will be his 460 th appearance as a Phillie, tying him for the most of all time with Tug McGraw. Now Madson just needs to close the World Series out so he can mimic McGraw's famous World Series
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Mets: Looking Forward to 2012 - Huffington Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
It may sound cliché, but honestly, as Tug McGraw so aptly put it nearly forty years ago: Ya Gotta Believe. Six months from now, when we're in the midst of yet another Spring Training, I'm not going to look back on the 2011 team with remorse and
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Media Community Raises Money for Brain Cancer - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
The 6th Annual Tug McGraw fundraiser at The Plumstead Inn went off without a hitch on Sunday, Aug. 14. Despite the rain, devoted guests came out to support the beef and beer, which raised money for Tug McGraw Foundation for
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Ya Gotta Believe in a Beef & Beer for Brains - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
The 6th Annual Beef and Beer for Tug McGraw Foundation is on Sunday from 1 to 7 pm at Media's favorite local hangout, The Plumstead Inn. The Phillies' Hall of Famer founded TMF prior to his death in 2004 to help enhance the
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TV: Singer Tim McGraw digs up father's roots - Reno Gazette-Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Tim McGraw was a teenager before he knew that his father was Tug McGraw, the popular baseball pitcher. They didn't really bond until a few years before Tug's death. Now McGraw -- a country-music star -- gets a chance to dig into his dad's roots
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It's Hot Outside, But We've Got Some Cool Westerns! - WITN (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
In primetime we have another episode of Who Do You Think You Are? at 8:00pm with the story of Tim McCraw including the way he discovered that baseball player Tug McGraw was his father.On Law & Order: Criminal Intent at 9:00pm we have the return of
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tug McGraw
  • 2004
    Age 59
    His son Tim's 2004 hit "Live Like You Were Dying" (written by Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman) was recorded in his father's honor, and featured the memorable clip of McGraw recording the final out of the 1980 World Series in the music video.
    More Details Hide Details The song reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard country music charts, and held that position for a total of seven weeks. It was named as the Number One country song of 2004 by Billboard. McGraw was cremated after his death. Nearly five years later, his son Tim McGraw took a handful of his dad's ashes and spread them on the pitcher's mound at the Phillies current home park, Citizens Bank Park, in Game 3 of the 2008 World Series. The Phillies won the game, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 5–4, en route to the team's second World Series Championship. "Ya Gotta Believe" – The Tug McGraw Foundation was established in 2003 to enhance the quality of life of children and adults with brain tumors and in 2009 expanded programs to include posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). TMF collaborates and partners with other organizations so that we can accelerate new treatments and cures to improve quality of life in areas of physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual impact of those debilitating conditions. The Foundation broke ground for its new headquarters in Yountville, California on November 13, 2010.
    For the 2004 season, the Phillies wore a patch on their right shoulder featuring a shamrock in honor of McGraw and a banner reading "Pope" in honor of longtime Phillies executive Paul Owens, who had also died that winter.
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    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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  • 2003
    Age 58
    In what would be his last public appearance, McGraw attended the closing ceremonies of Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia on September 28, 2003 where he recreated the final out of the Phillies' World Series triumph.
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    On March 12, 2003, McGraw was working as an instructor for the Phillies during spring training when he was hospitalized with a brain tumor.
    More Details Hide Details When the surgery was performed to remove it, initial reports suggested that the surgery had been successful, that McGraw's chances for recovery were "excellent," and that he was supposed to live "a long time." However, the tumor was not totally excised by the surgery, and the malignancy returned in inoperable form. McGraw lived for over nine months after the initial surgery.
  • 1999
    Age 54
    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".
    More Details Hide Details Scroogie was a relief pitcher for the "Pets", whose teammates included "Tyrone" (a Reggie Jackson-like bopper with a tremendous ego), ace pitcher "Royce Rawls" (loosely based upon former Mets teammate, Tom Seaver), "Chico" at shortstop and "Homer", an intellectually challenged slugger who could send a ball into orbit. Their announcer, "Herb", wore loud sports coats reminiscent of former Mets announcer Lindsey Nelson, and the team was owned by Millicent Cashman. Actual major league teams and players were used in the comic strip during its two-year run. McGraw, Witte, David Fisher and Neil Offer produced two books, Scroogie (1976) and Hello there, ball! (1977). McGraw also recorded a version of the baseball poem "Casey at the Bat", accompanied by Peter Nero and the Philly Pops.
  • 1989
    Age 44
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Whereas relief pitchers are not given the opportunity to bat frequently, McGraw was allowed to bat leading off the sixth inning of a 6-0 blowout at the hands of the Montreal Expos on September 8,. He rewarded his manager's faith in him by putting the Mets on the board with his only career home run. McGraw could also throw right-handed and would often loosen up before games by playing right-handed catch with his teammates, leaving fans wondering who that right-hander wearing number 45 was. At the time of his death, McGraw was ranked:
  • 1984
    Age 39
    Following the 1984 season, McGraw retired.
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  • 1983
    Age 38
    In 1983—the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Phillies—McGraw was selected as one of only two left-handed pitchers on the Phillies Centennial Team.
    More Details Hide Details In 1993, McGraw was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame. In 1999, the Philadelphia Phillies inducted McGraw into the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame. In 2004, the Philadelphia chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America began its annual presentation of four awards to four members of the Philadelphia Phillies franchise for "season-ending achievements", including the "Tug McGraw Good Guy Award". On August 26, 2008, Tug McGraw was among the "Starting Nine" inducted into the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame. In 2010, McGraw was inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. or Ultimate Mets Database
    Prior to the start of the 1983 season, the Phillies acquired Al Holland from the San Francisco Giants to assume the closer role.
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  • 1981
    Age 36
    On March 17, 1981, McGraw wore a dyed green uniform on St. Patrick's Day to a spring training game, though an umpire refused to let him play.
    More Details Hide Details McGraw called St. Patrick's Day his favorite holiday. Since 1989 the Phillies have had a tradition of playing in green on St. Patrick's Day. In 1982. McGraw shifted into more of a set-up man role, with both Ron Reed and Ed Farmer earning more saves than he on the season.
    McGraw went 2–4 with a 2.66 ERA and ten saves in the strike shortened 1981 season.
    More Details Hide Details The Phillies won the first half season crown, however, lost the 1981 National League Division Series to the Montreal Expos.
  • 1980
    Age 35
    McGraw appeared in four of the six games of the 1980 World Series, striking out ten batters in 7.2 innings.
    More Details Hide Details The Phillies swept the first two games in Philadelphia, with McGraw earning the save in game one. The Royals, however, came back to even the series after two games in Kansas City, with McGraw picking up the loss in game three. McGraw entered game five in the seventh inning with the Phillies behind 3–2. He pitched three scoreless innings, while his team scored two ninth inning runs off Royals closer Dan Quisenberry to head back to Philadelphia with a 3–2 series lead. McGraw entered game six of the World Series in the eighth inning with no outs, and runners on first and second, and the Phillies up, 4–0. He allowed one inherited base runner to score, but managed to get through the inning relatively unscathed. After giving up a walk and two singles to load the bases in the ninth inning, he struck out Willie Wilson, clinching the Phillies' first World Series championship.
    McGraw pitched in all five games of the 1980 National League Championship Series against the Houston Astros.
    More Details Hide Details The Phillies won the first game 3–1, with McGraw earning the save. The Astros, however, came back in game two with an extra innings victory to send the series to Houston tied at a game apiece. McGraw entered game three in the eighth inning with a runner on second, and one out. He managed to get out of the inning, and keep the Astros scoreless until the eleventh inning, when Joe Morgan led the inning off with a triple. Rafael Landestoy entered the game as a pinch runner for Morgan, and McGraw intentionally walked the next two batters to create a force at any base. The strategy didn't work, as the following batter, Denny Walling, hit a sacrifice fly to Greg Luzinski in left field scoring Landestoy. The final two games of the series also went into extra innings. He earned a save in game four to even the series, however, blew the save in the fifth and deciding game, allowing it to go into extra innings. Dick Ruthven entered the game in the ninth and pitched two perfect innings. Meanwhile, the Phillies came back with a run in the tenth to proceed to the 1980 World Series against the Kansas City Royals.
  • 1975
    Age 30
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Phillies were battling back-and-forth for first place with the Montreal Expos in 1980 when the Expos came to Veterans Stadium for a crucial three game set on September 25. The Phillies won two of the three, with McGraw winning the second game, to pull a half game up on Montreal. By the time the Phillies went to Montreal for the final series of the season, the two teams were tied for first place. The Phillies won the opener, 2–1. McGraw earned the save by striking out five of the six batters he faced. The following day, McGraw entered the game in the ninth inning, with the score tied at four. McGraw pitched three innings, striking out three and only giving up one hit (a tenth inning lead-off single by Jerry White. It was also one of just two balls to leave the infield once McGraw entered the game). After Mike Schmidt's eleventh-inning home run put the Phillies up 6–4, McGraw pitched a 1–2–3 eleventh inning, striking out Larry Parrish to end the game, and clinch the National League East for the Phillies for the fourth time since joining the club.
  • 1974
    Age 29
    McGraw had developed shoulder trouble during the 1974 season, and at the time of the trade, it appeared as if the Mets may have been unloading damaged goods.
    More Details Hide Details After the trade, he was diagnosed with a simple cyst and after successful surgery to remove it, recovered completely. McGraw left the Mets as the all-time leader in saves, games pitched, and games finished.
    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.
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  • 1973
    Age 28
    McGraw continued his dominant pitching into the post-season when he pitched five innings over two games in the 1973 National League Championship Series against the Cincinnati Reds without giving up a run, and appeared in five of the seven games of the 1973 World Series against the Oakland Athletics.
    More Details Hide Details Though he blew the save in game two of the World Series, he pitched three shutout innings in extra innings to earn the win.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Mets had fallen into last place in the NL East, and had remained there through August 30. McGraw was the winning pitcher for the Mets on August 31 when the Mets emerged from last place with an extra innings victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. The win improved McGraw's record to 2–6 with a 5.05 ERA. For the remainder of the season, McGraw went 3–0 with a .57 ERA and ten saves. The Mets, meanwhile, went 20–8 from that point forward to pull off the stunning division title. At a July 9 team meeting where Mets Board Chairman M. Donald Grant was trying to encourage the team, McGraw shouted the words, "Ya Gotta Believe" which became a popular rallying cry for the Mets. He said the famous phrase when maybe only he believed the Mets could actually get to the World Series. But soon enough, hearing McGraw say it again and again, seeing him do his magic in the ninth, the Mets themselves came to believe. They pulled into first place on September 21 with a 10–2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates, and clinched the division crown on the final day of the season. This marked the only time between 1970 and 1980 that the National League East wasn't won by either the Philadelphia Phillies or the Pirates.
  • 1972
    Age 27
    McGraw emerged as one of the top closers in the National League in the early 1970s, enjoying a career year in 1972.
    More Details Hide Details He was 3–3 with a 2.01 ERA and fifteen saves at the All-Star break to earn his first All-Star selection. McGraw pitched two innings, striking out four and giving up only one hit to earn the win in the NL's 4–3 come from behind victory. For the season, McGraw went 8–6 with a 1.70 ERA, giving up just 71 hits in 106 innings pitched, and setting a Mets record with 27 saves that lasted until 1984.
  • 1969
    Age 24
    While McGraw pitched sparingly in the 1969 post season, he remembered the year quite fondly, saying, "Everything changed for me in 1969, the year we turned out to be goddamned amazing, all right."
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    He did not appear in the 1969 World Series against the Baltimore Orioles.
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    McGraw's first post-season experience (and only in 1969) came in game two of the 1969 National League Championship Series.
    More Details Hide Details After the Atlanta Braves lit up Koosman for six runs in innings, Ron Taylor and McGraw held the Braves scoreless the remainder of the way to secure the Mets' 11–6 victory.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details McGraw went 1–1 with a 5.23 ERA filling in for Koosman. Koosman returned to the rotation at the end of the month and on May 28, after a five-game losing streak that saw the Mets fall into fourth place in the newly aligned National League East, Koosman and the San Diego Padres' Clay Kirby engaged in a pitchers' duel at Shea. After nine scoreless innings by Kirby and ten by Koosman, the game was turned over to the bullpens for extra innings. The game finally ended after eleven innings when Bud Harrelson hit a single to drive in Cleon Jones. McGraw pitched the eleventh inning to earn the win. This began an 11-game winning streak that brought them into second place, seven games behind the Chicago Cubs. McGraw earned two saves during that stretch, and 12 for the season. His record as a reliever was 8–2 with a 1.47 ERA.
  • 1967
    Age 22
    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.
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  • 1966
    Age 21
    McGraw had a brief relationship in 1966 with Betty D'Agostino which resulted in one son, country music singer Tim McGraw.
    More Details Hide Details In his book "Ya Gotta Believe", Tug McGraw writes that he and D'Agostino only had sex once, and that she immediately broke off contact with him and left town afterward. McGraw did not acknowledge Tim as his son until Tim was 17 years old, but the two later developed a close relationship. In addition to Tim, McGraw had a son Mark and daughter Carie from his first wife Phyllis Kline and a son Matthew from his wife Diane Hovenkamp-Robertson and two stepsons, Christopher and Ian Hovenkamp. In the 1980s and 1990s, he was a reporter for Action News on WPVI, the American Broadcasting Company affiliate in Philadelphia, and usually reported on sports or wacky stories.
    The Mets used McGraw as a starter again in 1966, and he was 2–9 with a 5.52 ERA in that role.
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  • 1965
    Age 20
    After one season with the Mets, McGraw reported to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island on September 23, 1965, along with fellow New York Met pitcher Jim Bethke.
    More Details Hide Details He was trained as a rifleman on the M14 rifle and M60 machine gun. McGraw later reported to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune where he (in his own words) became a "trained killer." For McGraw one of the most challenging aspects of being in the military was the internal conflict which it stirred within him. At the same time that he was finishing his Marine training, Tug McGraw's brother, Dennis McGraw, was staging anti-war protests at Solano Community College, where he was then a student. In a March 5, 1967 New York Times article McGraw admitted that he and his brother would have arguments over the way the Vietnam War was being conducted. But even he, with his six-year Reserve commitment to the United States Marine Corps looming large over him, would admit that he was a "dove when it came to the way United States was conducting the war."
    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.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, when asked if he preferred the new AstroTurf on the field at the Houston Astrodome to real grass, he said, "I don't know, I never smoked AstroTurf". McGraw made the team as a reliever, and was 0–1 with a 3.12 ERA and one save when he made his first major league start on July 28 against the Chicago Cubs in the second game of a double header at Wrigley Field. He Lasted just two-thirds of an inning and gave up three earned runs on his way to a 9–0 loss (the Cubs blew the Mets out in the first game as well, 7–2). On August 22, in his second start, also in the second game of a double header, only this time against the St. Louis Cardinals at Shea Stadium, McGraw pitched a complete game to earn his first major league win. He won his next start as well, 5–2 over Sandy Koufax and the Los Angeles Dodgers. It marked the first time the Mets had ever beaten the future Hall of Famer. McGraw remained in the Mets' starting rotation for the remainder of the season, however, failed to log another win, going 2–6 as a starter, and 0–1 in relief.
  • 1964
    Age 19
    He enrolled in Solano Community College and signed with the New York Mets as an amateur free agent on June 12, 1964 upon graduation.
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  • 1962
    Age 17
    McGraw graduated from St. Vincent Ferrer High School in Vallejo, California, in 1962.
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  • 1944
    Born on August 30, 1944.
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