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Saturday, March 15, 2003

This is awful news. Say aprayer for Tug "YA GOTTA BELIEVE" -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tug McGraw fighting for his life By: RANDY MILLER (Fri, Mar/14/2003) CLEARWATER, Fla. - Former Phillies pitcher Tug McGraw was admitted Thursday to a Florida hospital, gravely ill with a brain tumor, a source said. McGraw, 58, a star reliever when he played with the team, was the Phillies guest pitching instructor at spring training The Phillies withheld details of McGraw's illness, saying only that he was undergoing tests at Morton Plant Hospital. "I'm very concerned about Tug," Larry Bowa said Thursday. "We're praying for him." Asked if he's going to visit McGraw, Bowa said, "From what I understand, I don't think he can have visitors right now." McGraw has been with the Phillies throughout spring training and was in the dugout for Tuesday's game in Clearwater. Earlier this week, former Phillies pitching coach Johnny Podres was admitted to Morton Plant with a collapsed lung. He's expected to be released soon. "This has been a bad spring for that sort of thing," Bowa said. Today was going to be a special day for McGraw. His son, country music star Tim McGraw, was scheduled to take batting practice with the Phillies this morning and play a concert tonight in Tampa. During the concert, Tug was going to join his son on stage and sing along to "I Like It, I Love It," his favorite Tim McGraw song. McGraw forever will be remembered in Philadelphia as the pitcher who was on the mound when the Phillies won their first (and still only) World Series title in 1980. The left-hander, who also won a World Series with the Mets, was 96-92 with a 3.14 ERA and 180 saves during a 20-year career in the majors with New York (1965-74) and Philadelphia (1975-84). Randy Miller can be contacted via e-mail at -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Article's URL: < |