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Tug McGraw

Frank Edwin McGraw Jr.
Born: Aug. 30, 1944 in Martinez, Calif.
Died: Jan. 5, 2004 in Tennessee
Debut: 1965 | Pos: P
H: 6' | W: 185 | B: R | T: L

19 96 92 824 180 1514.2 1109 3.14

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Tug McGraw, a standout reliever with the Mets and Phillies, died on Jan. 5, 2004, in Tennessee. He was 59.

McGraw had been in Tennessee to visit his son, country music star Tim McGraw, when he reportedly took a turn for the worst Sunday and went into a coma. He died Monday afternoon.

McGraw debuted with the Mets in 1965 and pitched for New York until he was traded to Philadelphia following the 1974 season. His colorful personality mixed well with his screwball for a successful major league career.

He had been diagnosed with brain cancer in March 2003 while attending spring training camp with the Phillies.

In his career, he posted a 96-92 record with 180 saves in 824 games. He dialed it up a notch in the post season, finishing with a 4-5 record, a 2.24 ERA and 6 saves in 26 postseason games.

In the 1980 World Series, he recorded the final out in the Phillies victory over Kansas City. In that series, McGraw appeared in 4 games, pitching 7.2 innings with 10 strikeouts, a 1-1 record and two saves.

Source : Associated Press