Tug McGraw

Frank Edwin McGraw
Batted: Right
Threw: Left
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Born: August 30, 1944 in Martinez, CA
Signed: 1964 by the Mets
Departed: traded to the Philadelphia Phillies with
Don Hahn and Dave Schneck for Del Unser, John Stearns, and Mac Scarce, December 1974
Died: January 5, 2004 in Nashville, TN

 

Tug was the toast of New York; his best pitch was called a screwball, and so was he sometimes! His battle cry of "Ya Gotta Believe!" in 1973 led the Mets to an improbable World Series appearance, and is still invoked over 30 years later on a regular basis by the Met faithful. His courageous battle with brain cancer before he died in 2004 was well known, and he was mourned by thousands in both New York and Philadelphia—actually, throughout all of baseball, where he was venerated for his continuous, contagious good cheer. He's shown here on his 1974 Topps card, and there are twenty-one more cards pictured below, as well as two other pieces of Tug memorabilia.

        

  

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PITCHING RECORD (team-leading totals in red)

YEAR CLUB     G GS CG     IP  W  L   PCT    H   R  ER   SO  BB ShO  SV   ERA
============================================================================
1965 *METS*  37  9  2   97.2  2  7  .222   88  47  36   57  48   0   1  3.32
1966 *METS*  15 12  1   62.1  2  9  .182   72  38  37   34  25   0   0  5.34
1967 *METS*   4  4  0   17.1  0  3  .000   13  16  15   18  13   0   0  7.79
1969 *METS*  42  4  1  100.1  9  3  .750   89  31  25   92  47   0  12  2.24
1970 *METS*  
57  0  0   90.2  4  6  .400   77  40  33   81  49   0  10  3.28
1971 *METS*  51  1  0  111.0 11  4  
.733   73  22  21  109  41   0   8  1.70
1972 *METS*  
54  0  0  106.0  8  6  .571   71  26  20   92  40   0  27  1.70
1973 *METS*  60  2  0  118.2  5  6  .455  106  53  51   81  55   0  25  3.87
1974 *METS*  41  4  1   88.2  6 11  .353   96  43  41   54  32   1   3  4.16
1975 Phi NL  56  0  0  102.2  9  6  .600   84  38  34   55  36   0  14  2.98
1976 Phi NL  58  0  0   97.1  7  6  .538   81  34  27   76  42   0  11  2.50
1977 Phi NL  45  0  0   79.0  7  3  .700   62  25  23   58  24   0   9  2.62
1978 Phi NL  55  1  0   89.2  8  7  .533   82  39  32   63  23   0   9  3.21
1979 Phi NL  65  1  0   83.2  4  3  .571   83  56  48   57  29   0  16  5.16
1980 Phi NL  57  0  0   92.1  5  4  .556   62  16  15   75  23   0  20  1.46
1981 Phi NL  34  0  0   44.0  2  4  .333   35  13  13   26  14   0  10  2.66
1982 Phi NL  34  0  0   39.2  3  3  .500   50  19  19   25  12   0   5  4.31
1983 Phi NL  34  1  0   55.2  2  1  .667   58  24  22   30  19   0   0  3.56
1984 Phi NL  25  0  0   38.0  2  0 1.000   36  17  16   26  10   0   0  3.79
============================================================================
METS TOTALS 361 36  5  792.2 47 55  .461  685 316 279  618 350   1  86  3.17
OTHER CLUBS 463  3  0  722.0 49 37  .570  633 281 249  491 232   0  94  3.10
============================================================================
CAREER TOTS 824 39  5 1514.2 96 92  .511 1318 597 528 1109 582   1 180  3.14

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This is a list of the Tug McGraw cards that I already have in my collection. If you have any cards that are not listed here, and you are willing to donate or trade them, contact me at Rounding Third.  Items that are struck through are no longer a part of the Rounding Third collection, having been sold for charity.

1965 Topps

1966 Topps

1967 Topps

1968 Topps

1969 Topps

1965 Topps #533 (Mets Rookie Stars; with Dan Napoleon, Ron Swoboda, and Jim Bethke)

1966 Topps #124

1967 Topps #348

1968 Topps #236

1969 The News Portfolio of Stars by Stark reprint
1969 Topps #601

1970 Topps

1971 Dell MLB Stamps

1972 Topps

1976 SSPC

1977 O-Pee-Chee

1970 Topps #26

1971 Dell MLB Official Photostamps
1971 Topps #618

1972 Topps #163
1972 Topps #164
(In Action)

1973 Kellogg's #21
1973 Topps #30

1974 Topps #265

1975 Hostess #149
1975 Hostess #149
(uncut panel)
1975 Topps #67

1976 SSPC #457
1976 Topps #565

1977 O-Pee-Chee #142
1977 Topps #164

1978 Topps #446

1979 Burger King Philadelphia Phillies #10
1979 O-Pee-Chee #176
1979 Topps #345

1981 Coca-Cola

1981 Kellogg's

1981 Topps

1981 Topps Stickers

1985 Topps

1980 Burger King Philadelphia Phillies #20
1980 Topps #655

1984 Donruss Champions

1994 Ron Lewis Postcards

1981 Coca-Cola Philadelphia Phillies #7
1981 Donruss #273
1981 Fleer #7b
("Pitcher" on front)
1981 Fleer #657
1981 Fleer Star Stickers #83
1981 Kellogg's #37
1981 Topps #40
1981 Topps #404
(World Series)
1981 Topps Stickers #205
1981 Topps Stickers #262
(All-Star; foil)

1982 Donruss #420
1982 Fleer #251
1982 Fleer Stamps #55
1982 Topps #250

1983 Donruss #371
1983 Fleer #166
1983 Fleer Stickers #171
1983 Topps #510
1983 Topps #511
(Super Veteran)

1984 Donruss #547
1984 Donruss Champions #53
1984 Fleer #42
1984 Nestlé #709
(Active Save Leaders)
1984 Nestlé #728
1984 O-Pee-Chee #161
1984 Topps #709
(Active Save Leaders)
1984 Topps #728
1984 Topps Tiffany #709
(Active Save Leaders)

1985 Fleer #261
1985 Topps #157
1985 Topps Tiffany #157

1987 TCMA Baseball's Greatest Teams 1969 Mets #6-1969

1988 Pacific Baseball Legends #96
1988 Pacific Baseball Legends #96
(autographed)

1989 Susan Rini 1969 Mets Postcards #21
1989 Swell
(CMC) Baseball Greats #96

1991 Nobody Beats the Wiz Mets #260

1992 Upper Deck Philadelphia Phillies Heroes Stadium Giveaway Sheets (with Larry Bowa; 37732/44,000)

1994 Ron Lewis '69 Mets 25th Anniversary Postcards #25 (02767 of 25,000)
1994 Spectrum Miracle of '69 #12, #40
1994 Ted Williams #58

1988 Pacific (autographed)

1994 Mr. Turkey

2001 Topps American Pie

2002 Topps American Pie

1995 Mr. Turkey Baseball Greats

1999 Fleer Sports Illustrated Greats of the Game #75

2000 Danbury Mint 22K Gold Card #151

2001 Sunoco Dream Team #10 (with Gary Carter)
2001 Topps American Pie #87
2001 Topps Archives #247
(reprint of 1965 Topps #533)
2001 Topps Archives #355
(reprint of 1985 Topps #157)
2001 Topps Archives Reserve #52
(reprint of 1965 Topps #533)
2001 Topps Team Topps Legends Reprints #TT37F (reprint of 1985 Topps #157; autographed)
2001 Upper Deck Decade 1970's #83
2001
Upper Deck Decade 1970's Game-Used Jersey #J-TM (game-used jersey)

1967 Coca-Cola cap

2002 Topps American Pie #45 (Perseverance)
2002 Topps Archives #36
(reprint of 1971 Topps #618)
2002 Topps Super Teams #98
2002 Topps Super Teams #STA-TM
(autographed)
2002 Topps Super Teams Retrofractor #98
(0089/1969)

2003 Topps Shoe Box Collection #32 (partial reprint of 1965 Topps #533)

2006 Hero Decks Mets Heroes (queen of clubs)

2013 Caesars 1973 Mets (ace of spades)
2013 Hero Decks Mets Heroes
(queen of clubs)

Other Tug McGraw memorabilia in my collection:

1967 Coca-Cola bottle cap #V33
1970s New York News
(I think) caricature portrait
1978 Royal Crown Cola
commemorative can #85
1978 7-Eleven
cup
1979 Canada Dry Ginger Ale
commemorative can
45YGB bracelet supporting the Tug McGraw Foundation to fund brain cancer research

45YGB bracelet

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