Frank Bird: From Spencer, Mass., To The St Louis Browns

Posted: 21st November 2009 by Marty Civin in MLB
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Back in the late 1930s, I used to observe a tall man, laboriously walking along Mechanic Street. Frank BirdÆs affliction was that he was paralyzed on one side. Here was the story that I heard when I was a kid. The old timers in town said that Mr. Bird had been a big league baseball player in his younger days. One extremely hot day he hit a home run. Immediately after scoring at home plate, he quenched his thirst with a drink of ice cold water. He went into shock and he remained partially paralyzed for the rest of his life. So Spencer, Mass., had a major league ball player. That was something for a 10 or 11-year-old impressionable kid to be proud of.
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I, more or less, forgot about Frank Bird for another 30 years. In the 1970's my sons, Todd and Keith played little league basebal ...

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