Philadelphia Daily News - December 3, 1980

He’s a Big Boy Now (excerpt)


By Larry Fields


Tug McGraw, who sneered at Frump City during the victory celebration here the day after the Phillies won the World Series, continues to be a master of verbal diplomacy. His latest bon mot was uttered yesterday afternoon in the Media Court House in Delaware County where he was autographing baseballs donated by the Phillies – with the proceeds going to the Italian Survivors Relief Fund. While the crowd was waiting for the autographed baseball auction to begin, a newspaper photographer asked the Tugger to pose with one of the signed souvenirs. McGraw obliged, but cracked: "Photographers are like hookers. They get paid by the roll." He forgot to add that so are some relief pitchers – who are only as good as their last ball.