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The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych

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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 Streets 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.

Recreating 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 Fidrychs struggles and final shining moments in the Minors, the tragic injury that signaled the beginning of the end of his career, through to his sudden death in 2009.

The Bird gives readers a long overdue look into the life of the refreshing rookie the likes of which baseball had never seen before, and has never seen since.

Review:

"The life of one of baseball's zany hurler Mark Fidrych gets close scrutiny in a solid book by Wilson, a member of the Society of American Baseball Research (Fred Hutchinson and the 1964 Cincinnati Reds). Fidrych, nicknamed 'The Bird,' energized Detroit Tiger fans when the tall 21-year-old rookie pitcher won 19 games in the summer of 1976, claiming the Rookie of the Year award. In chronicling the sudden rise and fall of Fidrych, Wilson takes us into the Tigers organization and the Major Leagues to show how an obscure baseball player could capture the hearts of fans nationwide. Although 'The Bird' was prone to flapping his arms and ritually cleaning the pitching mound, it was his skill at pitching that made him worth watching, changing speeds and working the corners of home plate against batters. With his face on the covers of Rolling Stone and popular sports magazines, Fidrych could do no wrong in the 1970s, but a knee injury sidelined him in 1977 and arm troubles made a comeback impossible." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

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 Streets 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.

Recreating 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 Fidrychs struggles and final shining moments in the Minors, the tragic injury that signaled the beginning of the end of his career, through to his sudden death in 2009.

The Bird gives readers a long overdue look into the life of the refreshing rookie the likes of which baseball had never seen before, and has never seen since.

About the Author

DOUG WILSON is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and author of Fred Hutchinson and the 1964 Cincinnati Reds. An ophthalmologist by day, Wilson has been a life-long baseball fanatic. He played baseball through college; however, his grade point average was higher than his batting average and he was forced to go to medical school to make a living. He and his wife, Kathy, have three children and live in Columbus, Indiana.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781250004925
Author:
Wilson, Doug
Publisher:
Thomas Dunne Books
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Baseball - General
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Baseball General
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes one 8-page black-and-white phot
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The life of one of baseball's zany hurler Mark Fidrych gets close scrutiny in a solid book by Wilson, a member of the Society of American Baseball Research (Fred Hutchinson and the 1964 Cincinnati Reds). Fidrych, nicknamed 'The Bird,' energized Detroit Tiger fans when the tall 21-year-old rookie pitcher won 19 games in the summer of 1976, claiming the Rookie of the Year award. In chronicling the sudden rise and fall of Fidrych, Wilson takes us into the Tigers organization and the Major Leagues to show how an obscure baseball player could capture the hearts of fans nationwide. Although 'The Bird' was prone to flapping his arms and ritually cleaning the pitching mound, it was his skill at pitching that made him worth watching, changing speeds and working the corners of home plate against batters. With his face on the covers of Rolling Stone and popular sports magazines, Fidrych could do no wrong in the 1970s, but a knee injury sidelined him in 1977 and arm troubles made a comeback impossible." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,

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 Streets 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.

Recreating 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 Fidrychs struggles and final shining moments in the Minors, the tragic injury that signaled the beginning of the end of his career, through to his sudden death in 2009.

The Bird gives readers a long overdue look into the life of the refreshing rookie the likes of which baseball had never seen before, and has never seen since.

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