The Hoax Files

George Plimpton, Tad Friend, Tom Bissell and others on fakes, frauds, and fabulists.
7 stories

On April 1, 1985, Sports Illustrated published George Plimpton's profile of an unknown pitching phenom training with the Mets named Siddhartha Finch. According to Plimpton, Finch went to Harvard, studied with a yogi in Tibet, played the French horn—and could throw a baseball 168 miles per hour. "The Curious Case of Sidd Finch" was a sensation. And a very clever hoax. What most readers failed to notice was that the story appeared on April Fool's Day.

Being duped was never so much fun.

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