Monday, April 13, 2009
Mark "The Bird" Fidrych, 54, was found dead this afternoon by a family friend after an apparent accident on his farm late this afternoon in Northborough, Massachusetts.
Tiiiiigers fans remember this young gun as a gangly, unique, and highly talented pitcher who would talk to the ball, groom the mound incessantly, and fling the ball past batters who "stood there like the house by the side of the road".
As a rookie in 1976, Fidrych was named American League Rookie of the Year after he posted a 19-9 record with a 2.34 ERA. He finished second in the Cy Young votes too.
His pro career, lasting 5 years in the Bigs with the Tigers ended prematurely due to injury. But that did stop him from coming back to Detroit as a team ambassador.
Posted by TitleIX at 7:21 PM