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Tug McGraw

American professional baseball relief pitcher

Died when: 59 years 128 days (712 months)
Star Sign: Virgo

 

Tug McGraw

Frank Edwin "Tug" McGraw Jr. (August 30, 1944 – January 5, 2004) was an American professional baseball relief pitcher and long-time Major League Baseball (MLB) player, often remembered for coining the phrase "Ya Gotta Believe", which became the rallying cry for the 1973 New York Mets.

He recorded the final out of the 1980 World Series against the Kansas City Royals, via a strikeout of Willie Wilson, thereby bringing the Philadelphia Phillies their first such championship and ending a 97-year drought.

He was the last active big league player to have played under legendary manager Casey Stengel.


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