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    Default RIP Mark "The Bird" Fidrych

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseb...ych-dead_N.htm

    Former All-Star pitcher Mark "the Bird" Fidrych was found dead Monday in an apparent accident at his farm. He was 54.
    Worcester County district attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. saids a family friend found Fidrych about 2:30 p.m. Monday beneath a dump truck at his Northborough, Mass., farm. He appeared to be working on the truck, Early said.

    The colorful right-hander was the American League rookie of the year in 1976 when he went 19-9 with a 2.34 ERA. He spent all five of his major league seasons with the Detroit Tigers, compiling a 29-19 record and a 3.10 ERA.

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    Is he the dude that pitched while high on acid?
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    No, that wasn't The Bird. I believe that was Doc Ellis, so he brags. The Bird was a loon on the mound. Terrific player for fans, he had an odd way of driving his adenalin.
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    That was Doc Ellis.

    He's dead too, he died back in December.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ideamark View Post
    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseb...ych-dead_N.htm

    Former All-Star pitcher Mark "the Bird" Fidrych was found dead Monday in an apparent accident at his farm. He was 54.
    Worcester County district attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. saids a family friend found Fidrych about 2:30 p.m. Monday beneath a dump truck at his Northborough, Mass., farm. He appeared to be working on the truck, Early said.

    The colorful right-hander was the American League rookie of the year in 1976 when he went 19-9 with a 2.34 ERA. He spent all five of his major league seasons with the Detroit Tigers, compiling a 29-19 record and a 3.10 ERA.
    Those of us who remember back then, especially those of us who are die hard Tiger fans, will never forget him. A one of a kind in a good way. RIP.
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    Bird was a real character - before you had ESPN Highlights every night to document the weird and wonderful. He broke in at something like 19 years old. He would talk to the ball - explain the situation and tell the ball what he needed it to do. Often he would get down on his hands and knees and groom the mound. Funny, funny guy. He hurt is arm and tried to come back too soon. He would have been a marvel if he could have stayed healthy.

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