Mark ‘The Bird’ Fidrych: 1954-2009

30years1_fidrychThe rumors flying around since about 3:30 this afternoon are true: Worcester native Mark Fidrych, the 1976 American League Rookie of the Year, is dead.  He was found on his farm earlier today, the victim of an apparent accident.

Fidrych, one of baseball’s most memorable characters despite a short injury-plagued career, appeared in the pages of Worcester Magazine many times since the paper’s inception, dating to the early days when the paper was still a monthly.

In 2006, Worcester Magazine took a look back at a 1982 story on Fidrych.

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