Thoughts on Tim McGraw’s Tribute to His Dad

I was just reading about how Tim McGraw sprinkled his father’s ashes on the mound last night before the game. I’m sure there were some in the Phillies organization who weren’t wild about it (most teams, including the Yankees, have a policy against this sort of thing), but I’m sure Tug himself would have had a laugh about it.
When I was a young, inexperienced publicist for New American Library in the mid-70s, we published Tug’s first book, Screwball, and it was my job to schedule interviews for him and escort him around the city. Since I was a crazed baseball fan AND had a big, stupid crush on him (even though he wasn’t a Yankee), it was a huge thrill to work with him. And what a cool guy he was – always smiling, always upbeat, always with a twinkle in his eye. Sometimes famous people aren’t easy to deal with, but Tug McGraw was a pleasure. Polite. Gracious. And lots of fun. Just my two cents.


  1. welikeroywelikeroy

    I have a tape with Tug McGraw doing a rendition of Ernest Taylor’s ‘Casey at the Bat’. Might be hard to find, but he did an awesome job reciting the poem.

    An excellent pitcher and a great ambassador for the game. Very cool that you got to work with him.

  2. Jane Heller

    He was a great ambassador for the game, because he genuinely loved being a player. You could see it in his enthusiasm. It wasn’t about the money. It wasn’t about the fame. He just flat out had fun all the time.

  3. Greg

    You had a thing for bowl cuts? Haha. Just kidding. I remember, as a kid, thinking that “Tug” McGraw was a cool name. I think he made an appearance on the Baseball Bunch back in the day, too.

  4. Jane Heller

    I had a thing for A LOT of ballplayers. If you read my book when it comes out, you’ll laugh at how my friend and I used to go to batting practice at Yankee Stadium when we were in high school and try to talk to/get picked up by the players. We were so clueless.

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