posted on Jan, 5 2004 @ 08:54 PM
I just heard some really sad news, one of my favorite baseball players growing up has passed away from brain cancer at the young age of 59. Tug McGraw
was a great pitcher but more importantly a great person.
I'll never forget the 1980 World Series when he was on the mound for the Phillies for the last out against the Royals. He was such a fan favorite here
in Philly even up until his death. He reenacted that final out of the '80 World Series during the closing ceremonies for Veterans Stadium just a
couple months back. He got a very long standing ovation that day as the fans were applauding the Tugger and his miraculous recovery from the cancer
that caught up with him just a few hours ago. He was diagnosed right before last season and he made incredible improvement and was hosting charity
events and outings, I was really shocked to hear this news.
Alot of you probably dont remember him or maybe never even heard of him. I watched him growing up as a kid and as a huge baseball fan and he will
surely be missed. Maybe some of you know of his son who is a famous country singer, Tim McGraw.
R.I.P. TUG MCGRAW
"You Gotta Believe"
"The colorful left-hander, who had names for all his pitches, coined the phrase "Ya gotta believe!" during the Mets' improbable run to the 1973
National League pennant. McGraw maintained the slogan when he needed it most -- through his nearly year-long fight with cancer."
With the Phillies, McGraw was on teams that won NL East titles from 1976-78, the World Series in 1980 and the NL pennant in 1983. The 1981 Phillies
also reached postseason play during a strike-shortened season.
Without McGraw, the Phillies never would have won their first World Series in 1980. After coming off the disabled list in July of that season, McGraw
allowed just three earned runs the rest of the season and compiled a 0.52 ERA during that span.
I forgot I started a thread last year when he got sick, feels like so long ago.
[Edited on 5-1-2004 by ProudAmerican]