Mark Fidrych

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Birthday
14, 1954
Birthplace
Worcester, MA
Death Date
Apr 13, 2009 (54)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
14, 1954
Birthplace
Worcester, MA
Death Date
Apr 13, 2009 (54)

About

2-time All-Star pitcher for the Detroit Tigers from 1976 to 1980; won the 1976 American League Rookie of the Year Award after leading the MLB in ERA; career was shortened due to injuries.

Before Fame

He was a 10th round pick of the Tigers in 1974 after stellar careers at Algonquin Regional High School in Massachusetts and Worcester Academy.

Trivia

His tall stature, lanky frame, and humorous persona (he often talked to his baseballs) earned him the nickname of "The Bird," after the "Sesame Street" character, Big Bird.

Family Life

He and his wife, Ann, had a daughter named Jessica.

Associated With

He was the 1976 runner-up for the Cy Young honor, which was ultimately awarded to Jim Palmer.