Wednesday, March 20, 2013
#157 - Tug McGraw
What a card: This is the final Topps card of Tug McGraw issued during his career. It's a pretty good finale.
My observation on the front: McGraw was 40 years old when he stepped away from baseball. He looks pretty good for a 40-year-old in this photo. Unless (*ahem*) Topps used an old shot. Not that they would do that.
More opinion from me: Everything about this card and photo looks dated to someone who is 30 or younger. But it looks perfectly natural to me. Bring back the baby blues and the red belts.
Something you might know: The screwball lefty who exclaimed "Ya Gotta Believe" with the Mets in 1973 and leapt into the air after getting the final out for the Phillies in the 1980 World Series was one of the most quotable players of all-time, the father of country star Tim McGraw, and left us too soon at age 59.
Something you might not know: Maybe you knew it, but I didn't until just now: McGraw's nickname "Tug" came about because of his breast-feeding style as an infant. His mom called him "the little tugger."
My observation on the back: McGraw's two books featured a comic strip character (Scroogie) and a children's book cartoon baseball (Lumpy). "Scroogie" appeared in my hometown newspaper when I was a kid.
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