OK I know you all are mostly younger and might not remember him, but The Bird was perhaps the all-time one year wonder in the history of professional sports. Started the All-Star game as a rookie. Talked to the baseball and smoothed out the mound with his hands before his starts.
I was 8 years old in 1976. I remember a mid-season game against the Yankees which was on the Game of the Week (before ESPN, before cable). Fidrych owned the Yankees and I loved the Tigers and baseball ever since that day.
Even as a rookie, Fidrych drew sellout crowds on the road in that year. Wherever he went he was a star. Plus he was a great guy, he loved it that kids loved him because of the Big Bird thing. Even after he got hurt and basically got tossed out in the trash by Sparky Anderson, he was never angry or bitter that his career was so short, but in interviews I've heard with him over the years, he was always nice and happy and proud of his time in the spotlight. He was an ordinary, good guy with a Massachusetts accent.
Big ups and love to The Bird.