Tug McGraw — who once showed up to a March 17 exhibition game with his Phillies uniform dyed green — is famously responsible for introducing St. Patrick’s Day to Phillies spring training, which later spread across Major League Baseball.
McGraw was a rare breed, loved by Phillies and Mets fans alike.
He was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame in 1993 and was granted membership on the Phillies Wall of Fame in 1999.
McGraw was serving as a special instructor for the Phillies in Spring of 2003, but on March 12, 2003, just five days before Tug’s favorite day, he fell ill.
He was hospitalized with a brain tumor that would prove to be cancerous and malignant. Tug was given three weeks to live.
— Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) March 17, 2018