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Frank E. "Tug" McGraw
8/30/44 – 1/5/04


Tug excelled in sports at Saints and Solano Community College, especially baseball and football. When not playing sports, you might find Tug trimming a buddy’s hair. Before embarking on a baseball career, he lined up a “chair” at Scotty’s Barber Shop -- just in case he didn’t make it in baseball.

          In 1964 Tug signed with the New York Mets. He became a fan favorite with his quick wit a catch phrases such as “Ya gotta believe”. By 1973 he was the emotional leader of the Mets, who came from last in their division to go on to win the National League pennant and a shot at the Oakland A's in the World Series. They lost in the seventh game of a closely fought series. In 1974 Tug was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies. He appeared in four of the six games of the 1980 World Series, ending the series by striking out Willie Wilson with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, clinching the Phillies first World Series win.

           Tug has been inducted into: The Mets Hall of Fame, The Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame, Solano College Sports Hall of Fame, Vallejo Sports Hall of Fame and St. Patrick-St. Vincent’s Hall of Fame.

          Tug retired from baseball in 1985, but he didn’t let grass grow under his feet. He wrote his sixth book, worked as a color commentator and reported “soft news” for a local television station. When diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, he exhibited great courage. In 2003 he established The Tug McGraw Foundation to inspire research and enhance the quality of life for those affected by brain-related trauma and tumors. Tug had four children, including country-music singer Tim McGraw.


The Tug McGraw Foundation and Wikipedia


Updated 3/4/2022