MARK FIDRYCH AND DENNIS ECKERSLEY

“The Bird”…Eck’s pal…

Two more unlikely friends would be hard to find.

Not exactly two peas in a pod.

But they did share a couple of commonalities.

Each could pitch, and both were nuts — as in, batshit crazy.

The Eck is in the Hall of Fame and Fidrych is dead, lest we jump ahead.

Let us not.

Rather, let’s backtrack 45 years to a time when a native son of Northboro, MA became the most famous athlete in America.