30 for 30 Shorts: Unhittable: Sidd Finch and the Tibetan Fastball «30 for 30 Shorts: Unhittable: Sidd Finch and the Tibetan Fastball Our latest film, directed by Peter Sillen, breaks down the tale of a Mets prospect who was so phenomenal that he was too good to be true APRIL 1, 2015

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Ed Hearn and Sidd Finch - New York Mets

Ed Hearn and Sidd Finch - New York Mets

Sidd Finch In its April 1985 edition, Sports Illustrated published an article by George Plimpton that described an incredible rookie baseball player who was training at the Mets camp in St. Petersburg, Florida. The player was named Sidd Finch (Sidd being short for Siddhartha, the Indian mystic in Hermann Hesse's book

In honor of the April Fools, here are some of the best pranks ever pulled off.

New York Mets: The Legend of Sidd Finch

Here on April Fool's Day, let us look back at the greatest joke played on baseball fans - the legend of New York Mets phenom Sidd Finch.

SIDD FINCH “The Curious Case of Sidd Finch,” read the Sports Illustrated headline. The story (with a publication date of April 1st 1985) featured a fireballing young pitcher who was raised in an English orphanage, learned yoga in Tibet, and possessed an 168-mile-per-hour fastball. Of course, Hayden Siddhartha Finch was the product of imaginations of SI managing editor Mark Mulvoy and writer George Plimpton.    Art Direction & Design: Jeff Rigsby Photography: Nick Fancher

SIDD FINCH “The Curious Case of Sidd Finch,” read the Sports Illustrated headline. The story (with a publication date of April 1st 1985) featured a fireballing young pitcher who was raised in an English orphanage, learned yoga in Tibet, and possessed an 168-mile-per-hour fastball. Of course, Hayden Siddhartha Finch was the product of imaginations of SI managing editor Mark Mulvoy and writer George Plimpton. Art Direction & Design: Jeff Rigsby Photography: Nick Fancher

Baseball Extras: The Curious Case of Sidd Finch THE CURIOUS CASE OF SIDD FINCH by George Plimpton  Sports Illustrated April 1, 1985 Baseball Extras: The Curious Case of Sidd Finch The secret cannot…

THE CURIOUS CASE OF SIDD FINCH by George Plimpton

Baseball Extras: The Curious Case of Sidd Finch THE CURIOUS CASE OF SIDD FINCH by George Plimpton Sports Illustrated April 1, 1985 Baseball Extras: The Curious Case of Sidd Finch The secret cannot…

When the media took George Plimpton’s April Fools’ Day joke seriously.

A Vintage Plimpton Prank

30 for 30 Shorts - Unhittable: Sidd Finch and the Tibetan Fastball - ESPN Video

Unhittable: Sidd Finch and the Tibetan Fastball

Unhittable: Sidd Finch and the Tibetan Fastball

Sidd Finch - one of the greatest April Fool's Day jokes of all time - by Sports Illustrated

Remembering Sidd Finch Longform’s April Fools’ Day guide to hoaxes, pranks, and outright fabrications.

dntty:    Dceve sticker by Sidd Finch on Flickr.

dntty: Dceve sticker by Sidd Finch on Flickr.

sidd finch...

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. In honor of Sports Illustrated's

Nolan Ryan could throw a baseball (an almost unbelievable) 100 mph.  Unfortunately for the Mets, he was traded before he achieved greatness.  Years later, the April 1, 1985 issue of "Sports Illustrated" introduced the world to a Met "prospect" with far greater potential.  "The Curious Case of Sidd Finch" told the story of a pitcher who could throw a fastball 168 mph!  I remember thinking that it seemed too good to be true:)  George Plimpton later expanded his "April Fools" joke into a novel.

Nolan Ryan could throw a baseball (an almost unbelievable) 100 mph. Unfortunately for the Mets, he was traded before he achieved greatness. Years later, the April 1, 1985 issue of "Sports Illustrated" introduced the world to a Met "prospect" with far greater potential. "The Curious Case of Sidd Finch" told the story of a pitcher who could throw a fastball 168 mph! I remember thinking that it seemed too good to be true:) George Plimpton later expanded his "April Fools" joke into a novel.

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