It’s April Fools Day.
I may or may not have tricked you this morning, with my Keith Richards-teasing post.
But that’s nothing compared to what Sports Illustrated did on April 1, 1985.
The magazine — at the time, a must read for sports fans everywhere — published a cover story on Sidd Finch.
He was — according to writer George Plimpton -= a New York Mets pitcher who threw an astonishing 168 miles an hour. He was a Harvard graduate. He practiced yoga and played the French horn. He was a recluse.
He also did not exist. It was a hoax. (The first letters of each word in the opening paragraph spelled out “Happy April Fool’s Day.”)
But so much about the story seemed real. Including Sidd Finch’s dorm room at Harvard.
In reality, it belonged to Rob Hagebak. He was a 1982 Staples High School graduate — and the stepson of SI’s deputy art director, Westporter Rick Warner.
And that’s the God’s honest truth.
(Hat tip: Ted Gangi)