McGraw memorial to take place Saturday

Updated: January 6, 2004, 11:01 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Tug McGraw's family will honor him at a private memorial service Saturday.

McGraw, one of baseball's most colorful relievers, died Monday at age 59 after battling brain cancer. McGraw helped the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies win their first World Series titles.

McGraw, the father of country music star Tim McGraw, was diagnosed with brain cancer last March.

The Phillies said Tuesday that McGraw's family requested that memorial contributions be sent to the Tug McGraw Foundation, with proceeds to be used for brain cancer research.

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