McGraw was a part of World Series championships for the Miracle Mets of 1969 and the Phillies of 1980. He also a key figure of the 1973 Mets' pennant winning season. He coined the phrase, "Ya gotta believe", that became the team's rallying cry for the season.
Of course being a typical relief pitcher, he was a bit eccentric. He was the author of the following quotes:
"90% of it, I'll spend on good times, women and Irish Whiskey, the other would probably just waste" - After being asked what he planned to do with the World Series bonus.
"I don't know, I have never smoked astroturf" -When asked if he prefers grass or turf.
But in all seriousness, he later suffered a brain tumor and lost the battle in 2003. After the diagnosis, he established "Ya Gotta Believe" foundation, helping adults and children with brain tumors.
Why am I picking a Tug McGraw card this week? On Wednesday night, ABC is airing the Country Music Awards on television. McGraw is the father of country superstar Tim McGraw. Which gives me an excuse to replay this old Bud Light commercial: