Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Curious Case of April the First

In honor of April Fools Day, here's a blast from the sportswriting past: perhaps the most famous sports hoax of all time, "The Curious Case of Sidd Finch" by George Plimpton of Sports Illustrated. "The Curious Case" is more than just an April 1st gag, though; it's a truly inspired little piece of baseball fiction that any fan should read at least once.

For those of you already familiar with Sidd Finch, check out "The Curious Case of Neftali Perez" for a contemporary version of Plimpton's classic with a Texas Rangers twist.

Now if you'll excuse me, the first is almost over and I only have two-and-a-half more hours to convince Caleb that he died in a car wreck on the way to work and is currently existing in a hellish state of limbo from which even death itself is no longer an escape option.

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