Camden Courier Post - December 3, 1980

Phillies’ Tug McGraw does another relief job


MEDIA, Pa. (AP) – Autographs from Tug McGraw were free, but it was "a buck for a liplock" with the' World Champion Phillies ace reliever.


McGraw stayed here nearly three hours yesterday to help collect money, food and clothing to be sent to earthquake victims in Italy.


The crowds lined up for a chance to smooch McGraw and the kisses alone generated $369.51 for survivors of the Nov. 23 earthquake that killed almost 3,000 people and left an estimated 265,000 homeless.


The Phillies donated six autographed baseballs, which brought $148 on the auction block, from $20 to $27 each, purchased mostly as Christmas gifts for grandchildren.


"If there's an earthquake here, they’ll send us some autographed meatballs," McGraw quipped.


McGraw was invited by Media publisher Carl Mau, who organized the relief effort and hired a moving van which will be parked outside the Delaware County Courthouse until 6 p.m, tonight to collect goods.


A constant stream of cars delivered bags containing clothing, some food and medical supplies for the past two days. The van was practically full by late Tuesday.


A team of volunteers, headed by Helen Passaro of Media, packed the goods into boxes for shipment overseas. "People have come to deliver things and stayed and worked an hour or two," she said.