The 168-Mile Fastball
Sidd Finch was a young pitcher who could throw a fastball over 168 miles per hour -- or so Sports Illustrated claimed in a 1985 story by George Plimpton, "The Curious Case of Sidd Finch." Finch was allegedly raised in an English orphanage, had studied yoga in Tibet, gone to Harvard and was choosing between baseball and a career playing the French horn. The sub headline of the article read: "He's a pitcher, part yogi and part recluse. Impressively liberated from our opulent lifestyle, Sidd's deciding about yoga -- and his future in baseball." The first letters of these words spell out "Happy April Fool's Day - ah (a) fib". Many people believed Finch actually existed. On April 15 -- a week after publishing a second article about Finch's resignation -- the magazine announced it all had been a hoax.