On This Day In Baseball History: May 15, 1976

Mark Fidrych

 

Detroit Tigers rookie Mark Fidrych makes his Major League debut by tossing a complete game two-hit shutout against the Indians. The Bird’s impressive performance added to his quickly growing legend because of his on field antics such as grooming the surface of the mound and talking to the ball. Fidrych had a great rookie campaign winning Rookie of the Year, being selected to the AL All-Star team, and finishing second in the AL Cy Young to Jim Palmer. He lead the AL in ERA (2.34), complete games (24), and ERA+ (159). Fidrych tore the cartilage in his knee fooling around in the outfield during spring training in 1977 and by the spring of 1981 he was out of baseball.

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