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Tug McGraw Biography

Birth Name:
Frank Edwin McGraw Jr.
Birth Place:
Martinez, California, United States
Actor, baseball player

Fast Facts

  • On June 12, 1964, upon his college graduation, signed with the New York Mets
  • Enlisted as a reserve rifleman in the United States Marine Corps, but never served overseas
  • Played baseball as a pitcher, and threw left-handed but batted right-handed
  • During his career in the major leagues, played for the New York Mets (1965-1974) and Philadelphia Phillies (1975-1984)
  • Coined the phrase "You Gotta Believe
  • "On Valentine's Day of 1985, announced his retirement from baseball
  • Tim McGraw's song "Live Like You Were Dying" was recorded in his honor


  • Dennis McGraw -- Brother
  • Hank -- Brother
  • Cari Lynn -- Daughter
  • Diane Hovenkamp -- Ex-wife
  • Phyllis Kline -- Ex-wife
  • Frank Edwin McGraw Sr. -- Father
  • Mable McKenna -- Mother
  • Mark McGraw -- Son
  • Matthew -- Son
  • Tim McGraw -- Son