He traded playing on the baseball diamond for playing on Michigan snow years ago. He’s now helping Wertz Warriors and AMSOIL give young people something to remember.
In 1976 a young, quirky pitcher named Mark Fidrych broke into the Major Leagues with the Detroit Tigers. “The Bird,” as he was known, was, to say the least, an odd duck. His antics of talking to the ball and housecleaning on the mound drove opposing teams crazy, but made him a darling with media and fans.
Last winter he joined the Wertz Warriors Snowmobile Club and the Michigan Special Olympics in an annual charity ride. The event co-sponsored by AMSOIL Direct Jobbers Mike Ellis and Tom Kirby takes people, mostly kids, with disabilities on a snowmobile tour through the Michigan countryside.
Fidrych was the American League MVP and Rookie of the Year in 1976.
|Last year’s event was the
20th for Wertz Warriors.
|The event gives people with special needs a unique opportunity.|