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April Fool's Day Pranks

Yesterday I saw several references to the Sports Illustrated article of "The Curious Case of Sidd Finch."  It was written in 1985, and I still remember four guys huddled around it at the Baylor Law School library where, like most days, I was spending my time. They were "oohing" and "ahhing" and dropping some "you've got to be kidding me's."  All I could gather was that there was about to be a new pitcher in the Major Leagues the likes of which had never been seen.

I care about baseball about as much as I do now (very little), so I never got around to reading the article after them. But, whatever it said that day, they all absolutely believed it. And it had a credible author: The great George Plimpton.

But it turned out to be a hoax with the first and only clue being that this particular issue of SI had a date of April 1, 1985.

I finally looked at the article yesterday and quickly came upon this tidbit: The mysterious Sidd Finch's fastball was clocked at 168 miles per hour. Really? And people bought that?


Anonymous said...

This is not the pick me up I requested.

Anonymous said...

If you're a lefty, you'll fall for anything.

Those leaning to the right tend to have more common sense.

Anonymous said...

And people bought that? That's what people will be saying in 2039 about the NBC edited 911 call and the ABC police video of George Zimmerman.

William Howard said...

I remember Coach Ratliff from Bridgeport actually had that issue of Sports Illustrated... He said SI had changed a lot since then.

Anonymous said...

Yep. 4:16 that is why so many "right" leaning media people/news groups have quoted and respond to Onion articles.

He. He. You are just a Dumbass like the rest of them!