Tug McGraw passes away
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He died at the home of his son, country music singer Tim McGraw, outside of Nashville, Tennessee.
McGraw was perhaps best known for coining the "You Gotta Believe" rally cry for New York's pennant run in 1973, but was also a beloved
He helped Philadelphia capture its only World Series title in 1980, saving the decisive Game 6 against Kansas City with a ninth-inning strikeout of Willie Wilson.
McGraw played with the
McGraw's final appearance at the Vet was an emotional one. He took the mound and reenacted his strikeout of Wilson by extending his hands high over his head.
"To know Tug was to love him," said
Obviously weakened by treatment for his illness, McGraw was taxied to the mound before exiting to a thunderous ovation, and afterward he said he'd always carry with him fond memories of his playing days with the
Fans in Philadelphia had a love for McGraw that was evident throughout his playing days and during his battle with brain cancer.
"He epitomized what Philadelphia is all about," said current
"Losing him is like losing a super hero because he's one of the most charismatic people I've ever met," Wolf said. "We've immortalized him and it's a sad reminder that bad things happen to good people."
In his 19-year career, McGraw went 96-92 with a 3.14 ERA and 180 saves. He pitched for the