Or is it satire?
Most April Fool's jokes just aren't that funny (though there are exceptions). A better approach is parody, and friends-of-Stay Free! Francis and Jim (and friend-of-the-friends of Stay Free!, Debby) have written a very funny one. Boring Boring: A Directory of Dull Things. (Mirror sites here and here.)
Posted by Charles Star on 04/01/2005 | Permalink
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is that george plimpton piece funny? i don't see it.
Posted by: Yaniv | Apr 2, 2005 5:55:41 AM
Maybe there is an element of "you had to be there," but in 1985 a surprising number of people (including a 14-year-old me) bought it.
I think the article itself is amusing, but it hardly matters. The perfect execution and resulting mass gullibility are what make "Sidd Finch" a nostalgia trigger for baseball fans.
Posted by: Charles Star | Apr 2, 2005 10:46:09 AM
As a 16-yr-old baseball freak at the time, I bought the story hook, line, and sinker (no pun intended). And that was the brilliance of it. Fans love the oddballs--Mark "The Bird" Fidrych, Bill "Spaceman" Lee, etc. etc., so Sidd Finch seemed perfectly believable, and this was in Sports Friggin Illustrated, the bible. Good article on the anniversary in The New York Times. My first green underline so forgive me if this doesn't work.
Posted by: Jack Silbert | Apr 3, 2005 3:28:56 AM