Tuesday, March 28, 2006

March 28th, 1985

Sidd Finch Debuts

No, this is not an early April Fool's joke, the Sports Illustrated issue containing George Plimpton's "The Curious Case of Sidd Finch" although famously the April 1st edition was actually released on this day, which makes it--at least in a poetic sense--Finch's debut. The Finch legend is fairly well-known, but to recap briefly he grew up in an English orphanage, attended Harvard and later moved to Tibet (hence Sidd with two “d”s as in ‘Siddharta’) where he gained the ability to throw a baseball upwards of a 160 MPH. Later expanded into a novel, it is probably the best known thing ever written by George Plimpton.

That's something of a shame, as Plimpton wamarvelouslous writer generally, and even more so on sports. So my recommendation for the day is to expand one's horizons beyond Sidd Finch, and consider picking up a copy of George Plimpton on Sports or Out of my League. Both are highly recommended.

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