The first biography of the eccentric pitcher, rookie All-Star starter,
70s pop icon, and first athlete on the cover of Rolling Stone, Mark
Fidrych exploded onto the scene in the summer of 1976 with the Detroit
Tigers, capturing the hearts of Americans from coast to coast. Lanky
with a curly mop, a nickname born of his resemblance to Sesame
Street’s Big Bird would only hint at the large personality
that was about to take baseball in a new direction. Known for wildly
endearing antics such as throwing back balls that “had hits
in them,” manicuring the mound of any cleat marks, talking to
himself (and the ball for that matter), and shaking hands with just
about everyone from groundskeepers to cops after games, The Bird
infused each game with the fun, All-American spirit of 1970s baseball.
A two-time All-Star player, Fidrych won nineteen games, along with the
Rookie of the Year Award, becoming one of the biggest individual
drawing cards baseball has ever seen.
the magic of an unforgettable era of baseball, The
Bird shows how Fidrych was
the player that brought a smile to your face, becoming a crossover pop
culture icon and household name.
Through meticulous research and interviews, Doug Wilson vividly
recounts Fidrych’s struggles and final shining moments in the
the tragic injury that signaled the beginning of the end of his career,
through to his sudden death in 2009.
The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych
by Doug Wilson