Tim McGraw has baseball in his blood. His father is the late Tug McGraw who pitched for the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies. In fact, Tug won a World Series ring with each of those teams. Tim is proud of his father’s accomplishments, and even put a picture of the Phillies ring on the back cover of his current album Damn Country Music. He talked about it with Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton:
“I have Tug’s World Series ring. It’s pretty normal size compared to the ones they have now. It’s not nearly as elaborate. I have that one, and my brother Mark has the 69 Mets ring. So I went to New York during the Series, and threw out the first pitch, and so my brother sent me the 69 Mets ring, so I wore the 69 Mets ring at that game. My uncle Hank played in the Pacific Coast League and has a Championship Ring too.
Even though Tim’s father was a major league pitcher, he didn’t grow up with Tug. He lived with his mother and her husband in Louisiana. So he didn’t go to many professional baseball games. This summer, when the Mets played the Cubs in the National League Championship, it was actually his first time in Wrigley Field. He told Lon, “It was the first home game in Chicago during that series, and someone with The Cubs told me, ‘Did you realize your dad made his major league debut here at Wrigley Field?’ I didn’t know that, so we looked it up, and it was a double-header, he was with The Mets, pitched two thirds of an inning, and gave up 7 runs to the Cubs. It was also my first time at Wrigley Field.”
Sadly, Tug McGraw passed away on January 5th, 2004. Tim is honorary chairman of the Tug McGraw Foundation, and does several charity events every year. It was not long after Tug passed away of a brain tumor that Tim released the song “Live Like You Were Dying.”