I saw this Tug McGraw jersey listed from Mitchell & Ness and it confused me. I only know Tug to wear #45 and the numbers looked big. I posted it, and it seems to bug you guys too.
I tried checking out the MLB style guide and the online version didn't help me enough to decide. That 30 looks a tad smaller than the 30 to me, but maybe I'm comparing apples to oranges since clearly one jersey is gray and one isn't.
Head on over to Baseball Almanac's 1965 Mets roster and you see Tug listed as #45.
Frank was bothered by all this so he emailed Mitchell & Ness. A nice man named Jerry V wrote back and says it is a Spring Training jersey.
I went to the Google News Archives. Here's a story from spring 1965 about promising pitcher Frank McGraw. No pic though.
Did a search on Uni Watch and found nothing, but I've emailed this article to Paul Lukas, I bet he solves the case.
Paul from Paul's Random Stuff sent over this link which is from a recent auction that sold Galen Cisco's 1964-65 game worn jersey. The numbers on the Tug version still look low to me, and a tad big, no? (thanks Paul!!!)
1. Did the Mets wear numbers that big?
2. Did Tug wear #56 ever?
3. Why would they pick the combination of Tug/1965/and a number he's not known for?
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