Who Is Tug Mcgraw?
Frank Edwin Tug McGraw was an American professional baseball relief pitcher. He was born on August 30, 1944, in Martinez, California. He was the father of the famous country musician and actor Tim McGraw.
Tug McGraw graduated from St. Vincent Ferrer, a high school located in Vallejo, California in 1962. He was later enrolled in Solano Community College. In June 1964, he signed with the New York Mets as an amateur free agent after graduating.
Marine Corps reserve service
After Tug finished one season with the Mets, he reported to the Marine Corps Recruit in September 1965. He trained as a rifleman including the M14 rifle and M60 machine gun. This was where he supposedly became a trained killer.
Tug emerged as one of the best left-handed pitchers with a good fastball and solid curveball technique. McGraw perfected the screwball pitch, and this technique went on to become his trademark. McGraw helped the Mets win the 1969 World Series. In the same year, the Mets won more than eleven games.
In the mid-1980s and 1990s, Tug McGraw was also a sports anchor. He worked for Action News and the ABC in Philadelphia. He even appeared in a 1999 episode of Everybody Loves Raymond.
Since Tug McGraw was a Major League Baseball player, he is time and again remembered for using the phrase, ‘Ya Gotta Believe’. This phrase became a popular rally cry for the New York Mets teams during the mid-60s and early 70s.
Tug McGraw Quotations
“Ninety percent I’ll spend on good times, women and Irish Whiskey. The other ten percent I’ll probably waste.”
“I have no trouble with the twelve inches between my elbow and my palm. It’s the seven inches between my ears that’s bent.”
“Kids should practice autographing baseballs. This is a skill that’s often overlooked in Little League.”
“I don’t know, I never smoked AstroTurf.”