Monday, March 25, 2013
SAY SOMETHING GOOD ABOUT DETROIT: The-Bird-Life-Legacy-Fidrych
This was certainly one of the best things to happen in Detroit in 1976. But it was almost a one-year career. It was also the year my son discovered baseball and sports. He was six and his love of sports has certainly lasted.
In fact, the first game the four of us attended was this famous one.
June 28, 1976: The Tigers faced the Yankees on Monday Night Baseball, with 47,855 attending at Tiger Stadium and a national television audience, "The Bird" talked to the ball and groomed the mound, as the Tigers won, 5-1 in a game that lasted only 1 hour and 51 minutes. After the game, the crowd would not leave the park until Fidrych came out of the dugout to tip his cap.
Can you think of a better game to take your kid to? Even his sister got a kick out of it at age five.
Mark lifted the city at a time (and that seems to be any time since the sixties) that the city needed lifting.
The origin of the original phrase "SAY SOMETHING NICE ABOUT DETROIT" came from two shopkeepers in the Tiger Stadium neighborhood in fact. Detroit has had a poor self image as long as I have lived here.
My son started collecting baseball cards that year and has a ton of them including Mark's. Are baseball cards worth anything today?