Tim McGraw, a legendary figure in country music, is known for captivating his audience with his distinctive voice and heartfelt songwriting. On November 2, though, he was in the news for an entirely different reason.
McGraw made an appearance at the baseball game between the Phillies and the Houston Astros wearing jersey number 45, which had belonged to McGraw’s late father, Tug McGraw. Many people believe that Tug was an important factor in the Philadelphia Phillies’ 2008 World Series victory. Tug was a Phillies icon.
The presence of McGraw at the game elicited elation from the audience, and the singer himself communicated his joy by leaping to his feet, waving to the spectators, and then praising himself by thumping his chest.
The fact that McGraw’s mother became pregnant with him when she was still a student in high school and had to quit out as a result demonstrates why McGraw has never been reluctant to talk about his upbringing.
Betty Trimble, his mother, had a hard time providing for him, his sisters, and herself while raising them. She had three jobs in order to make ends meet.
It was late at night when he entered the kitchen, and he found his mother passed out with her head on the table, and money strewn all about her. It was a picture that stayed with him for the rest of his life, and he couldn’t stop thinking about all of the other occasions like it that he had missed.
The deep respect that he had for his mother’s efforts in raising him and his siblings led to the formation of a close link between them, and the son went on to write the song “I Called Mama” as a way of paying homage to his mother.
She has continued to be his rock even now that he is an adult, and despite the fact that she wanted him to attend college, she continued to be there for him when he decided to pursue music instead. McGraw used to call Dad his stepfather, a guy he describes as having a wonderful heart.
During an interview with Larry King in 2013, McGraw said that his parents had split up, and he didn’t find out who his actual father was until he was 11 years old. He found his birth certificate while he was searching through his mother’s wardrobe when he was a child. The name McGraw was scratched off the document, and the name “Smith” was filled in by hand in its stead.
McGraw claims that following the finding, his mother phoned Tug, and soon after that, his father and son had lunch together, but that was the extent of their interaction.
He did not have another opportunity to visit his father till he became 18 years old.
Despite the fact that McGraw and Tug have been separated for the most of Tim McGraw’s childhood, the musician best known for his hit “Please Remember Me” does not seem to have any ill will toward either of his fathers and discusses them freely.
Even though he does not have a connection with Tug, it is clear from his tributes to him in 2018 and most recently in November that he regards Tug as his father and acknowledges him in that capacity.