Wednesday, April 02, 2008

April Fools!

Ha gotcha, bet you were waiting all day yesterday for some sort of April Fools Day prank on the blog...well no way, I saved an April Fools Day post for today!

Actually, I hadn't thought of anything special for the day, but after hearing the morning DJ pranks of Mark & Brian on KLOS, talking with our resident staff prankster about her love of April Fools [note to Triste...you can reclaim your phony donut now], it was finally a dinner discussion with a friend that reminded me of an all-time great hoax/prank that the library owns and can share with you.

What you say, please share! So hunt up and read the April 1, 1985 issue of Sports Illustrated magazine and George Plimpton's great leg pulling article "The curious case of Sidd Finch". Who was Sidd Finch you say? How about a mysterious part Yogi, part recluse, rookie pitcher who could throw a 168 MPH fastball and was also equally adept playing the French horn! The article was so convincing that Sports Illustrated received many letter asking for more information. Two weeks later, SI revealed the truth, and many readers [yours truly included] realized that we'd had the wool pulled over our eyes. A prank well pulled.

The original article can be found in the library's magazine holdings, two books Fifty years of great writing : Sports illustrated, 1954-2004 and Sports illustrated baseball : four decades of Sports Illustrated's finest writing on America's favorite pastime or for us lucky internet users click here to read the article. A follow-up SI article on Sidd Finch from 2000 can be found here and a great website, The Museum of Hoaxes, devoted to mischievious things ranks the Sidd Finch story #2 on its list of all-time April Fool's Day hoaxes. Click here for a quick summary about the article and its impact.

In 1987, Plimpton released The Curious case of Sidd Finch as a novel based upon the article.

Thanks to my friend Matt, for mentioning the infamous article bringing to mind this post...hopefully he gets into the library in time to check the novel out before someone else gets inspired to read it!

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