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THE BIRD: THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF MARK FIDRYCH by Doug Wilson; Thomas Dunne Books, 2013

On a sticky August night in 1976, my father and I gathered with 52,000 others to watch the sixth place California Angels play the fourth place Detroit Tigers in the fabled Tiger Stadium. Right-hander Mark Fidrych went into the game as debatably the most gripping phenom to ever grace baseball, a gangly kid with floppy […]


WILLEFORD by Don Herron; Dennis McMillan, 1997

In a letter to a friend sent shortly before his death in 1987 Charles Willeford wrote, “The plot really doesn’t matter that much, as long as you have one; the important thing is the characters.” Likewise, Don Herron’s study Willeford offers a collection of biographical anecdotes culled from Willeford’s published works and personal papers that […]