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1. Mark Fidrych's Major League Baseball journey, to the roster of the 1976 Detroit Tigers, started 2 years earlier in 1974. In the 1974 MLB June Amateur Draft, the Detroit Tigers selected Mark in the 10th round. What position did Detroit draft him to play?
2. While on the Minor League baseball team Lakeland Tigers, one of Fidrych's coaches gave him which nickname?
3. Fidrych made his Major League Baseball debut on April 20, 1976, in a game that Detroit lost to Oakland 6-5. His first start came on May 15th against the Cleveland Indians. He had a no-hitter into the seventh inning, until which Indians third baseman broke it up with a single?
4. "Monday Night Baseball" came to Detroit on June 28, 1976. The Tigers opponent was the New York Yankees. The national audience finally saw Fidrych in action. He beat the Yankees that night, giving up 1 run on 7 hits. That lone run came from a solo home run in the 2nd inning by which Yankee catcher?
5. In 1976, Mark Fidrych became only the second rookie since 1962 to be a starting pitcher in the MLB All-Star game. He was chosen by the American League manager Darrell Johnson to start the game. Who were his Detroit Tigers teammates that started in the outfield?
6. Fidrych started 29 games for the Detroit Tigers in 1976. Of those 29, how many complete games did he pitch?
7. During the 1976 season, Mark Fidrych won against some rather good opposing pitchers. Frank Tanana, Gaylord Perry, Bert Blyleven, Ken Holtzman, Rollie Fingers and Dock Ellis, to name a few. For a pitcher to be successful, he relies a great deal upon his catcher. Fidrych had the same catcher for all of his games, beginning with that first start on May 15. This catcher was a replacement on the roster, for an injured Milt May. His debut in the big leagues was May 4, 1976. Who was this catcher?
8. Fidrych ran away with the American League Rookie of the Year Award for 1976 with a landslide victory over Butch Wynegar of the Twins. However, in the voting for the American League Cy Young Award, he could only garner enough votes for second place. Losing to the pitcher, who had also won the award in 1975, who won the 1976 AL Cy Young Award?
9. During the 1976 season, Mark Fidrych won 19 games and lost 9. He led the American League in two different statistical categories for the year. Complete games was one category he led, with 24. He not only led the American League in this second category, but he was also statistically better than the National League top pitcher in this same category. In what statistical category was he the best?
10. What number was on the back of Mark "The Bird" Fidrych's jersey?
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