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About Tug McGraw

Ya Gotta Believe

Full of enthusiasm for the game he loved, Tug McGraw left an indelible mark on baseball and his fans.

He touched the lives of thousands of adults and children as a baseball player for the Mets and Phillies. Tug continued to inspire once in retirement. He worked tirelessly throughout his career on behalf of many community and charitable organizations.
Following his diagnosis of a brain tumor in 2003, Tug began a 10-month medical journey down an unknown path searching for Glioblastoma brain cancer treatments. One that would twist and turn as his health changed. A journey that Tug never took alone.

He found support in good friends, excellent medical care and a strong family that stood beside him. Tug felt lucky to have that deep level of support along with financial benefits and professional resources not readily available to so many others facing the challenge of a brain tumor. 

"It was Tug's wish that others suffering from brain tumors could access more resources to help improve their quality of life... "

Tug McGraw Coined the Phrase
"Ya Gotta Believe"

Listen to Tug's heartfelt interview about how his legendary 1973 New York Mets rally cry, "Ya Gotta Believe" came to be. He further discusses the surprising "bunt"  that no one expected from a pitcher and his "pinch me moment" in having the legendary Willie Mays as a teammate." 

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Source: Marty Lurie

Tug McGraw Radio Interview Mets-Willie Mays-Ya Gotta Believe

Baseball Baby Bonus: Refused to Sign Unless they Signed his Little Bro-Tug McGraw

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The Uncommon Life of Hank McGraw

While his little brother Tug McGraw won fame and fortune and two Baseball World Series, A former bonus baby chose a path without compromise or material rewards. 

By Gary Smith

Source and Photo Credit: Sports Illustrated's Vault

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