4/02/2005 Add a comment

One of the best April Fool's pranks ever was pulled off by George Plimpton in Sports Illustrated. 20 years ago yesterday, Plimpton wrote an article about a pitching prospect for the Mets named Sidd Finch, who could throw a baseball 168 miles per hour. The New York Times recounts the tall tale and the man who posed as the pitcher for the photos, who was an art teacher at my town's other middle school. A classic story that only someone with Plimpton's gravitas could have pulled off. The guy who posed for the pictures still gets stopped on the street because of it. ben