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 player and continued to inspire once in retirement. He worked tirelessly throughout his career on behalf of many community and charitable organizations.
Following his diagnosis of brain cancer in 2003, Tug began a 10-month medical journey down an unknown path. It would twist and turn as his health changed. It was 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 brain cancer.
"It was Tug's wish that others suffering from brain cancer could access more resources to help improve their quality of life... "
Tug talks "Ya Gotta Believe" 1973
Listen to Tug's heartfelt interview about how his legendary 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."
Source: Marty Lurie
Memorable Tug McGraw Quotes
"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."
"Ninety percent I'll spend on good times, women and Irish Whiskey. The other ten percent I'll probably waste."
"Ten million years from now, when then sun burns out and the Earth is just a frozen iceball hurdling through space, nobody's going to care whether or not I got this guy out."
"They say that was the slowest fastball (Game 6 of the 1980 World Series thrown to Willie Wilson) ever thrown in Philadelphia. It took ninety-seven years to get there. Those memories are strong, still fresh and still a lot of fun to share with people who care about the Phillies." (2002 Spring Training Camp)
"Ya Gotta Believe!" (1973 regular season rally cry)
Tug McGraw takes to the mound one last time
A fastball heads toward the plate. Do you swing? Part of your brain makes the decision, and another part explains it-and takes credit.
Inside your brain, electrical activity associated with movement began increasing nearly a full second before your finger jerked at the word zero.
Studies show, it is possible that a part of your brain "wills" an action before you are consciously aware of it.
Source: National Geographic 2019