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Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Yearbook, July 3: 'The Bird' flying high

By Patrick Dorsey

July 3, 1976: On this day 36 years ago, Mark Fidrych -- that surprise Detroit Tigers rookie sensation known as "The Bird" -- stretched his out-of-nowhere winning streak to eight games (and his record to 9-1 and ERA to 1.85) with a complete-game shutout of the Baltimore Orioles.

And all the while he manicured the mound (as in the above photo, taken a few weeks earlier) and made the odd gestures that defined his all-too-short stint as a star.