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Mark 'The Bird' Fidrych, 54; pitcher enthralled fans

Detroit Tigers pitcher Mark Fidrych began games by grooming the surface of the mound and speaking to himself via the baseball. In 1976 he was the American League Rookie of the Year. Detroit Tigers pitcher Mark Fidrych began games by grooming the surface of the mound and speaking to himself via the baseball. In 1976 he was the American League Rookie of the Year. (File/The Boston Globe/1976)
By Bryan Marquard
Globe Staff / April 14, 2009

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Hundreds of thousands of fans watched Mark Fidrych get on his knees to smooth the surface of the mound and talk to the baseball before going into a pitching motion that sent arms and legs akimbo en route to his delivering a 93 mile-per-hour fastball or a slider that abruptly dropped below a batter's ankles. (Full article: 1055 words)

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