Mark "The Bird" Fidrych dies at 54

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

Kalamazoo, MI

#22 Apr 14, 2009
How sad....God be with his family.

“USA, Love it or Leave it”

Since: Oct 08

Ada, Mich.

#23 Apr 14, 2009
Big Bird will be missed, I remember watching this guy in his rookie year. What a entertainer he was!!!! He will be missed. God bless Mark The BIRD Fydrych !!!!!!!!!!
standstill

United States

#24 Apr 14, 2009
I grew up in Detroit and saw him win one of his 19 in '76. I was 12 years old, summertime, bicentennial celebrations - great memories. R.I.P. Bird...
Allegan Redneck

United States

#25 Apr 14, 2009
standstill wrote:
I grew up in Detroit and saw him win one of his 19 in '76. I was 12 years old, summertime, bicentennial celebrations - great memories. R.I.P. Bird...
Me too, I was 11 and went with all the other boys from our Summer Recreation program. Haven't thought about that in twenty years. You'll be missed Bird. Lord, take care of Bird and don't worry he's not crazy. He's not talking to himself, he's talking to the ball.:-)
pjdutchville

United States

#26 Apr 14, 2009
plainwellS wrote:
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!
Well said!

“Dude, Where's my car?”

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#27 Apr 14, 2009
Wow, how sad. Fidrych was an amazing player and just wonderful to watch. I can remember saving box-tops to send in a get a "Bird" t-shirt.
Mark

United States

#28 Apr 14, 2009
I loved watching The Bird pitch. In the downslope of the Fetzer owned Tiger era, that was one great year. So sad that he got hurt shagging flies and now an accident has ended his life too soon. RIP and God Speed Mark
Businessminded

Saint Charles, IL

#29 Apr 14, 2009
I absolutely LOVED watching the Bird. I couldn't name another Tiger from that time but I always enjoyed watching him pitch. He wasn't just a great pitcher, he was an entertainer!

Watching the tribute on ESPN this AM with my 2 boys they were immediately struck by his 'oddities'. I tried to explain to them that 'yes, he was odd, but that was part of what made him so great!' Here was a 21 year old kid, in the big leagues, pitching his heart out and completely unafraid to do his 'thing' in front of crowds like that. AMAZING!

Ditto to RIP

Since: Sep 08

Saint Charles, IL

#30 Apr 14, 2009
I was living in Detroit back then, I think it was the Ralph Houk years, the Tigers were struggling, the guys that won in 1984 were just starting to trickle on to the roster. I went to see him pitch, I believe it was the Friday night Nolan Ryan classic. No one else packed the Stadium like the Bird, folks filled the stands just to see him. While I was down there I went to lots of games when there was hardly anyone there but not when the Bird pitched.

Rest in Peace, another good one bites the dust. I read today that for all the charity work he did in MI he never took an appearance fee just expenses, what a hero.

Since: Sep 08

Saint Charles, IL

#31 Apr 14, 2009
Businessminded wrote:
I absolutely LOVED watching the Bird. I couldn't name another Tiger from that time but I always enjoyed watching him pitch. He wasn't just a great pitcher, he was an entertainer!
Watching the tribute on ESPN this AM with my 2 boys they were immediately struck by his 'oddities'. I tried to explain to them that 'yes, he was odd, but that was part of what made him so great!' Here was a 21 year old kid, in the big leagues, pitching his heart out and completely unafraid to do his 'thing' in front of crowds like that. AMAZING!
Ditto to RIP
I think those were the Steve Kemp, Jason Thompson, Tom Veryzer years. I saw a clip of Bird pitching today and it looked like Aurelio Rodriquez playing third, what a cannon for an arm he had, always fun to watch. I bet Ron LeFlore was there too. Another Bird story talked about Tito Fuentes, more great memories.
Joel

Bad Axe, MI

#32 Apr 14, 2009
GR Pete wrote:
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I think those were the Steve Kemp, Jason Thompson, Tom Veryzer years. I saw a clip of Bird pitching today and it looked like Aurelio Rodriquez playing third, what a cannon for an arm he had, always fun to watch. I bet Ron LeFlore was there too. Another Bird story talked about Tito Fuentes, more great memories.
Trammell and Whitaker both started playing the year after Fidrych's rookie year, I believe, maybe 1977? What was amazing is that they played SS and 2B, respectively, for almost 20 years for the Tigers and never played for any other team. Ron LeFlore had an amazing life story. He was in Jackson prison for dealing drugs, but he turned his life around and had a pretty good career as a Tiger, but then in retirement he got arrested for not paying child support, I think.

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Since: Jan 09

Scotts

#33 Apr 16, 2009
These are some of my favorite Tigers.
Sparky Anderson-Denny McLain-Lance Parrish-Kirk Gibson-Al Kaline-Mickey Lolich-Darrell Evans

Remember Billy Martin? He was with them from '71-'73
And who could ever forget: Ernie Harwell

“DISALLUSIONED!”

Since: Jan 09

Scotts

#34 Apr 16, 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.
Well said. What a guy.
pjdutchville

United States

#35 Apr 16, 2009
plainwellS wrote:
These are some of my favorite Tigers.
Sparky Anderson-Denny McLain-Lance Parrish-Kirk Gibson-Al Kaline-Mickey Lolich-Darrell Evans
Remember Billy Martin? He was with them from '71-'73
And who could ever forget: Ernie Harwell
Mine is Mickey Stanley. Gee, I wonder why? LOL!!

R.I.P. "Bird"...your likes are gone forever.
Mary

Grand Rapids, MI

#36 Apr 22, 2009
I fell in love with Mark stright off. I have signed pictures and a picture of me & "The Bird" I will miss him. And charish the memorys

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