All-Star Pitcher Mark Fidrych Dead at 54

Mark Fidrych, 1954-2009

Mark Fidrych, 1954-2009

All-Star pitcher Mark “The Bird” Fidrych was found dead today in what appears to have been a tragic accident at his farm in Northborough, Mass. A family friend found him pinned beneath a truck he was apparently working on.

“The Bird” was the American League’s Rookie of the Year in 1976 going 19-9 with an ERA of 2.34. He stayed with the Detroit Tigers for all 5 of his major league seasons. He earned the nickname because of his resemblance to Big Bird from Sesame Street along with displays of eccentric behavior on the mound including smoothing the dirt with his hands and talking to the baseball.

Another great loss to all who love The Game…

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