Dec 3, 2004

I Never Smoked AstroTurf

Tug McGraw
1975 Hostess - Card #149
This baseball card that was cut off of a box of Hostess snack cakes is the first card that showed Tug McGraw in a Phillies uniform.  The late great closer was traded by the New York Mets to the Philadelphia Phillies thirty years ago today.  He would go on to pitch for the Phillies for the next ten years and become the hero who leapt off of the mound after recording the final out for the first World Series championship in franchise history.

Sports Illustrated  (July 8, 1974)

You could publish a book of Tug McGraw quotes, but my favorite one was first published in Sports Illustrated six months before the trade.  When he was asked by a reporter if he preferred natural grass or artificial turf, Tugger responded by saying "I don't know.  I never smoked AstroTurf."