The Year of the Bird

A look back at the peak season of Detroit Tigers pitcher Mark Fidrych’s legendary career

By Joe Lapointe

Late that rainy night, in a cluttered room on a high floor of Detroit's Pontchartrain hotel, they kept tapping on the door, soft, female knuckles knocking on hard wood. The young women said they only wanted the autograph of Mark "The Bird" Fidrych, the sensational rookie right-handed pitcher of the Detroit Tigers...

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