Oh come on. I was driving home listening to ESPN Radio this afternoon and amidst hearing about Harry Kalas' tragic death this afternoon, the semi-hourly radio Sportscenter segment mentioned that Mark Fidrych was found dead at his farm today. ESPN the website confirms it.
So, for the second time in a month, this site is going black--this time for "The Bird"
This 1979 card is one of two Birds that I have (the other is 1980) and just ended up in my possession courtesy of Scott at Hand Collated. The envelope he sent is one of many that I haven't been able to post yet.
Fidrych was only 54.
For the sake of the game, no more deaths for awhile, OK? Let's stick with this "bad luck comes in threes" thing. The tragic death of Nick Adenhardt, the unexpected and hard hitting loss of Harry Kalas and the loss of one of Detroit's most animated sports alumni, at least while he was still playing.
With the loss of Kell earlier this year, the Tigers have really had it tough this year.
So RIP to The Bird, and all of the other wonderful baseball men that we've lost recently.