In the spirit of the day…

April 1, 2015

“The Curious Case of Sidd Finch” — ostensibly a feature article by George Plimpton —  was the cover story for the April 1, 1985 issue of Sports Illustrated. Of course, we all know now (spoiler alert) it was an elaborate hoax. Over the year’s, the myth has be debunked several times, including in the pages of The New York Times. As noted in this item from a PBS’ American Masters  entry

Plimpton left a hint of the joke in his article’s sub-heading. The first letters of each of the words spell out: “Happy April Fools Day – Ah Fib”

“He’s a pitcher, part yogi and part recluse. Impressively liberated from our opulent life-style, Sidd’s deciding about yoga —and his future in baseball.”

To mark the 30th anniversary, I thought I would post the original story here. You’re welcome.

http://www.jesseliebman.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/sidd-finch-213x300.jpgThe story was eventually turned into a full-length novel, which, to my mind, was not as good, drawn out like that.

 

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