Mark "The Bird" Fidrych dies at 54

Mark "The Bird" Fidrych dies at 54

There are 35 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Apr 13, 2009, titled Mark "The Bird" Fidrych dies at 54. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

Former All-Star pitcher Mark "the Bird" Fidrych was found dead Monday in an apparent accident at his farm.

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greenspan

Battle Creek, MI

#1 Apr 13, 2009
thanks for taking a picture with me when I was a kid BIRD!
david

Portsmouth, VA

#2 Apr 13, 2009
Mark was and still is my favorite Tiger as he was bigger than life during his one good season. He made the game so much better than anything going on today in baseball which is totally dominated by cheaters & money hungry idiots as far as Im concerned. I have very little if any interest left in watching anymore...thank you Manny Who ...
irememberwhen

Blanchard, MI

#3 Apr 13, 2009
As I remember, he tried to jump a low fence outside the clubhouse in spring training and fell, injuring his knee. He tried to pitch that year, altering his delivery because his knee was not healed and therefore injured his arm. Such a talent, wish we had seen more of him.
unimpressed09

Saint Clair Shores, MI

#4 Apr 13, 2009
I liked watching Mark pitch. At first, I thought him alittle strange. But you warmed up to his routines after awhile. I thought they called him bird because he treated pitcher's mound like a bird's nest. Always pecking and patting it.
I heard him once in a lengthy interview a few years back. He was a sincere and genuine character. Heckuva humble guy. He said he was just glad to be able to play on the field with all the other talents. It humbled him. What a guy. Sad ending.
hooterville3

Deerfield, IL

#6 Apr 13, 2009
Rammin Noodle wrote:
Ah yes, I remember the 'ol Bird... his battles with Majik Jonson at college and in the pros. SOme of the best hoopes I ever witnesed, not to mention those playoff games with the Bad Boyz at the old Silverdoam. THose were the days!
kind of stupid, noodle. Go somewhere else.

“Its all Obama's fault!”

Since: Mar 09

zeeland mi.

#7 Apr 13, 2009
My dad took me to see him pitch twice in 1976 when i was 8 years old. He was my favorite player! RIP bird fidrych

“O__o ?”

Since: May 08

Grandville

#8 Apr 13, 2009
Rammin Noodle wrote:
Ah yes, I remember the 'ol Bird... his battles with Majik Jonson at college and in the pros. SOme of the best hoopes I ever witnesed, not to mention those playoff games with the Bad Boyz at the old Silverdoam. THose were the days!
You're insane. Mark Fidrych was a baseball player in the mid to late 1970s.

“O__o ?”

Since: May 08

Grandville

#9 Apr 13, 2009
So sad. Mark Fidrych, you will be missed! Sadly, the good die young.
Tom

AOL

#10 Apr 13, 2009
Wonder what kind of an accident it was? I always wondered if he got mixed up with cocaine after leaving the Tigers because he was so thin. But how tragic this is.

“friends are forever”

Since: Dec 08

Sparta

#11 Apr 14, 2009
My condolences to his family, friends, & other fans. When he stopped pitching I stopped watching. May he rest in peace. God's peace!

“Go MSU Spartans!”

Since: Oct 08

Kalamazoo, MI

#12 Apr 14, 2009
My first real baseball glove was a Wilson "Mark the Bird" Fidrych "autographed" model. I still have it and my boys still use it. Sad loss to the baseball world.

“Go MSU Spartans!”

Since: Oct 08

Kalamazoo, MI

#13 Apr 14, 2009
spartanman wrote:
My first real baseball glove was a Wilson "Mark the Bird" Fidrych "autographed" model. I still have it and my boys still use it. Sad loss to the baseball world.
Just curious- how did I earn an off-topic rating for that comment?
pjdutchville

United States

#14 Apr 14, 2009
spartanman wrote:
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Just curious- how did I earn an off-topic rating for that comment?
That person is out there every day Spartanman...so I'll include Mark Fidrych in my post...

Mark Fidrych was a pleasure to watch unify a city, a state, and the game of baseball.
Mike

Allegan, MI

#15 Apr 14, 2009
Mark was a great guy and will be missed. I played in a charity softball game against him and a few other tiger greats back in the early 90's when I was a kid. He was a class act all the way around.

“ACLU--Jihad with a law degree”

Since: Sep 08

Lovington, NM

#16 Apr 14, 2009
spartanman wrote:
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Just curious- how did I earn an off-topic rating for that comment?
Because the world is full of idiots.

Sorry to hear this, he was awesome for those that were growing up and loving baseball.
Snowrider

Grand Rapids, MI

#17 Apr 14, 2009
unimpressed09 wrote:
I liked watching Mark pitch. At first, I thought him alittle strange. But you warmed up to his routines after awhile. I thought they called him bird because he treated pitcher's mound like a bird's nest. Always pecking and patting it.
I heard him once in a lengthy interview a few years back. He was a sincere and genuine character. Heckuva humble guy. He said he was just glad to be able to play on the field with all the other talents. It humbled him. What a guy. Sad ending.
I remember that interview. I think it was in 2006. He was very humble and appreciative of the game and the fans.

“O__o ?”

Since: May 08

Grandville

#18 Apr 14, 2009
spartanman wrote:
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Just curious- how did I earn an off-topic rating for that comment?
I think some people on here are "rate happy" Spartanman. There was nothing wrong with your post, in fact, it is very touching.

“O__o ?”

Since: May 08

Grandville

#19 Apr 14, 2009
Tom wrote:
Wonder what kind of an accident it was? I always wondered if he got mixed up with cocaine after leaving the Tigers because he was so thin. But how tragic this is.
Some people are just naturally thin. Bird was tall as well, just like Big Bird, lol. I doubt highly any cocaine.

I believe the truck fell on him. He was supposedly working on it, and someone found him under it, dead. Very, very sad.

"The Bird" has grown wings now.
Anne

Zeeland, MI

#20 Apr 14, 2009
Very sad! No guys like this in the big leagues any more. Wish I could have got his autograph back in the day! Well I hope he did not suffer, and went quickly and peacefully.

“DISALLUSIONED!”

Since: Jan 09

Scotts

#21 Apr 14, 2009
I can still remember my mom sitting in her favorite chair, watching every single Tiger game on tv. This was back in the 70's. She had a spiral notebook that she would write down the starting line-up, HR's, ERA's, scores, etc. in for both teams. She loved her Tigers!
Mom died in 1979 from Lou Gerhigs disease, but I still remember those "Tigers from the 70's". We knew not to disturb her when they were on. It was her time to have a little fun. As her disease progressed to the point that she couldn't hold a pencil, I took over her notebook. God, I wish I had those today!
Hey Bird! Say hi to my mom up there will ya!

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