Few players touched us like Tug McGraw; not only for what he did… but also for who he was and what he represented for us all…his humanity, the one true thing readers remember of him best. His recent death hit home, not only for me but also for many readers, and a fitting tribute would be to share some of their memories. He was a "real person", who happened to play baseball well. These memories capture that personality.
January 14, 2004
For Tug McGraw, life was always fun. Because of that, his passing at the young age of 59 seems all the more traumatic. His signature way of slapping his gloved hand against his right thigh was emulated by little leaguers everywhere. As for his full style of living, nobody could fully emulate that. Tug McGraw was an original, who packed a lot of life, love, joy and baseball into 59 years.
January 6, 2004
He is still the image of the 1980 World Series Champions. Tug McGraw, who amazingly found the strength to carry the Phillies through a tough late season run, the NLCS and World Series in 1980, passed away Monday at the age of 59. McGraw epitomized the phrase "Ya Gotta Believe", which he coined while a member of the New York Mets.
January 5, 2004
The effects of brain surgery and medication that he has to take daily have slowed our Tugger, but the man that made his way into the hearts of Phillies fans came home to Philadelphia Thursday in a surprise visit to Veterans Stadium. Tug McGraw, just a little more than two months after brain surgery, is pushing ahead simply because he believes.
May 29, 2003