American baseball playerDied when: 54 years 242 days (655 months)
Star Sign: Leo
Mark Steven Fidrych (/ˈfɪdrɪtʃ/ FID-rich;August 14, 1954 – April 13, 2009), nicknamed "The Bird", was an American Major League Baseball (MLB) baseball pitcher.
He pitched his entire career for the Detroit Tigers (1976–1980).Known for his quirky antics on the mound, Fidrych led the major leagues with a 2.34 ERA in 1976, won the American League (AL) Rookie of the Year award, and finished with a 19–9 record.
Shortly thereafter, however, injuries derailed his career, which ended after just five seasons in the major leagues.