R.I.P. — Mark “The Bird” Fidrych (1954-2009)
Sadly, one of baseball’s most colorful characters and personalities of the 1970’s, pitcher Mark Fidrych, passed today at his home in Northborough, MA. Fidrych was a primarily remembered for his rookie season superstardom as a Detroit Tiger in 1976, winning “Rookie Of The Year” honors and becoming known for his antics on and off the field. His career was cut short and plagued with injuries. “Fiddy” was only 54 years old.