Mark Fidrych and Big Bird on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Mark "The Bird" Fidrych (1954-2009) was a Major League Baseball player for the Detroit Tigers from 1976-1980. He appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated with Big Bird in the June 6, 1977 issue. In his minor league years, he was nicknamed "The Bird" by a coach, for his resemblance to Big Bird (Fidrych stood 6'3"). Add a photo to this gallerySources ↑ The Boston Globe Obituary Wikipedia has an article related to: Mark Fidrych Retrieved from "https://muppet.fandom.com/wiki/Mark_Fidrych?oldid=1073487" Categories: Celebrities Sports Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.