Monday, April 13, 2009

Breaking Horrible News

When I was writing the post linking the article about Baldelli and other locals who became Red Sox, for some reason, I didn't think of Mark Fidrych, though his attempt at playing for Boston only got as far as Pawtucket. Little did I know at the time, he was dead. Apparently The Bird was found today under a truck he was fixing at his home, victim of an accident.

I'd been talking about The Bird here and on other sites a lot lately--one of his most famous games had recently aired a few times on TV. I can't believe that from now on we'll be referring to him as the late Mark Fidrych. He was only 54. My autographed Fidrych ball is one of my most prized possessions.

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I was shocked and very saddened twice yesterday. Baseball lost two warm, genuine people in Mark Fidrych and Harry Kalas. I saw Fidrych throw a complete game shutout in person at Yankee Stadium in the first game of a Sunday doubleheader:

I used to listen to Harry Kalas on the radio while studying in my dorm room in Philadelphia in the early 80's....always loved his voice. I have a friend who's parents live down the block from the Kalas house.
Joy of Sox has a good post on Bird up.

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