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
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.