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Northborough: Plaque to be dedicated to Mark Fidrych

NORTHBOROUGH — During the 7th annual Make Your Mark Softball Tournament on Saturday, the Northborough Historical Society will dedicate a historic plaque to Mark Fidrych.

Fidrych, who grew up in Northborough, became a baseball sensation playing for the Detroit Tigers in 1976. It was his striking resemblance to Big Bird of “Sesame Street,” the lanky, 6-foot-3-inch, curly-haired kid from Northborough that earned Fidrych “The Bird” nickname. The 21-year-old right-hander took the country by storm as a rookie pitcher for the Detroit Tigers during the summer of 1976, even becoming the first baseball player to land on the cover of Rolling Stone.

The marker will be placed at Memorial Field on East Main Street, where Fidrych once played. The dedication will take place at noon.

The tournament benefits the Mark Fidrych Foundation, which continues the legacy of Mark Fidrych through charitable giving.

Last year, Major League Baseball celebrated 40 years since Fidrych’s debut.

Fidrych died in an accident at his farm April 13, 2009. Fidrych, who was 54, owned a trucking company in addition to operating his farm.
As published in the MetroWest Daily News

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Fidrych Foundation to offer scholarship for high school seniors with special needs

Region – The Mark Fidrych Foundation, Inc., is offering tuition assistance to a deserving student who has successfully met the challenges imposed by his or her disability. This year the Foundation will be awarding two $1,000 scholarships to be used toward tuition expenses.

To be eligible, applicants must be on an IEP or physically handicapped, a graduating high school senior, a legal resident of Massachusetts and planning to attend an accredited higher educational institute.

In addition to the application, applicants must submit an essay of approximately 500 to 1,000 words on how they have successfully met the challenges imposed by their disability, and how it has affected them or their family. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 12.

The Fidrych Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of children and adults with disabilities and/or special needs through and with a focus on sports and sports education and various other means of promoting, maintaining, improving and creating opportunities and benefits aimed at improving the lives of such individuals.

The scholarship opportunity is being managed by the Guidance Department at Algonquin Regional High School, 79 Barlett St., Northborough. For applications and more information, contact the office at 508-351-7010.


Published in the Community Advocate April 9, 2017


Letter to the Editor – Northborough Recreation thanks Fidrych Foundation

To the Editor:

We would like to thank Ann Fidrych, Jessica Fidrych and the Fidrych Foundation for their very generous donation to Northborough Recreation in support of sports programming for kids with disabilities. The Fidrych Foundation has been the largest supporter and contributor to our Challenger sports programs for kids ages 5 – 22 with disabilities since its inception three years ago. Originally, this program began with Challenger Little League. Since then, it has grown significantly to include three sports programs a year: baseball, soccer and basketball. On average, 100 to 120 players and volunteer buddies participate in our special needs sports programs.

The success of this program is due to the hard work of the coaches, volunteers and the support of the Fidrych Foundation. We want to personally thank Ann and Jessica both for being so supportive of this amazing program. Without them and the Fidrych Foundation, we would not have been able to grow this program into the success it is today.

We plan to use this donation to continue to grow all three Challenger sports programs. Our goal is to reach out to other communities in order to increase awareness about Challenger sports programming and get more kids with disabilities involved with sports. For those not aware, the Fidrych Foundation is a nonprofit public charity; their mission is to enhance the lives and children and adults with disabilities and/or special needs through and with a focus on sports and sports education. Each year, the Fidrych Foundation raises funds at its annual Softball Tournament and via local agencies that make a difference in the lives of area children and their families.

For more information about the Challenger Program, contact Allie Lane at 508-393-5034 or For more information about the Fidrych Foundation, visit

Recreation Department