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Mark Fidrych America's Bicentennial Bird

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By John Council During the 1976 Major League baseball season there were any number of Hall of Fame bound players to become obsessed with --- take your pick from the rosters of the New York Yankees or the Cincinnati Reds. Nevertheless, America spent its Bicentennial Celebration year in love with a rookie pitcher for the woeful Detroit Tigers who'd really only have one good year. His name was Mark "The Bird" Fidrych. And he was possibly the weirdest guy ever to play the game. Fidrych, a native of Worcester Massachusetts, had the classic rags-to-riches-to-rags storyline that captivated baseball fans because...

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