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Mark Fidrych from the Chronology
Aug 12, 1980 - Tiger Stadium is packed with 48361 fans to see Mark Fidrych's return to the big leagues a 5-4 loss to the Red Sox. The 1976 AL Rookie of the Year will go 2-3 with a 5.73 ERA in what will be his final attempt to come back from injury and his last ML season.
Apr 22, 1978 - Mark Fidrych who had to leave his last game when his shoulder tightened warms up but is unable to start against Texas. But the Tigers top the Rangers 7-6 in 10 innings on the strength of John Hiller nifty four innings of shutout relief.
Apr 12, 1978 - Ranger P Rogelio Moret announces he is going home rather than pitch. In the locker room the pitcher freezes in a catatonic state his extended arm holding a bathroom slipper. He is taken to a psychiatric facility and will go on the disabled list for most of the season appearing in just 6 more games. Texas loses 3-2 to Detroit and Mark Fidrych (20). Oliver's 2-run HR in the 1st is all the Texas scoring off the Bird.
Apr 7, 1978 - Mark Fidrych scatters 5 hits in beating Toronto‚ 6-2. The Tigers get homers from Milt May‚ Phil Mankowski‚ and Jason Thompson. The Bird‚ trying to recover from tendinitis that limited him to 11 starts in 1977‚ will win only 3 more ML games.
Mar 21, 1977 - Mark Fidrych the 1976 Rookie of the Year rips the cartilage in his left knee and will undergo surgery in ten days . The injury will effectively end the fabled career of the Bird.
Jul 13, 1976 - The NL emerges victorious in the annual All-Star Game by a score of 7-1. George Foster one of 7 Reds position players on the squad homers drives in 3 runs is named the game's MVP. Rookie Mark Fidrych gives up 2 runs and takes the loss. It is the NL's 13th win in the last 14 games.
May 15, 1976 - Mark Fidrych wins his first ML start a complete-game 2-hit 2-1 victory over the Indians. The Bird holds the Indians hitless for 6 innings talks to the ball and tamps down the mound before toeing the rubber each inning.