bird calls
theyre dropping like flies (no pun intended) in the baseball world today. first phillies and nfl films longtime announcer harry kalas dies in the booth (way to commit!) and now the not so mighty mark fidrych. his death aped his career, it ended too soon.

- dave 4-13-2009 11:40 pm

fidrych on the cover of rolling stone. something of a phenomenon...
- dave 4-13-2009 11:43 pm

harry kalas - nfl films
- dave 4-13-2009 11:49 pm

citi aka TARPfield opening ceremonies now on espn to the strains on chicago.
- dave 4-14-2009 12:03 am

As I read this, the Mets broadcasters are remembering the Bird, comparing him to the Muppets, and working the Rusty Staub connection. My magic Detroit season was 1968 when I was nine but ’76 made an impression as the city got caught up in the team in a special way. Too bad the story ended up sorta’ sad, but Fidrych his self was always blithely oblique and remains beloved in the city’s mythology. God bless him, everyone.
- alex 4-14-2009 2:08 am

Former All-Star pitcher Mark Fidrych suffocated after his clothes became entangled with a spinning part on the truck he was working on, Massachusetts authorities said Thursday...."He appeared to have been working on the truck when his clothes became tangled in the truck's power takeoff shaft," District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said in a statement.....A power takeoff shaft is a driveshaft that spins at high speed and can be used to power another piece of equipment.
- dave 4-16-2009 8:48 pm

Sad, but a little bit funny. Not quite Rube Waddell (one of my early 20th Century faves) but heading that way.
- alex 4-17-2009 1:59 am

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