Mets' Class A affiliate to honor Sidd Finch with bobblehead night
The Brooklyn Cyclones will pay homage to the greatest New York Mets player who never lived with a celebration of Sidd Finch Bobblehead night.
The Cyclones will commemorate the 30-year anniversary of the legendary Finch, an otherworldly - and fictional - pitcher who was the subject of a Sports Illustrated story on April Fool's day in 1985.
The article, titled “The Curious Case of Sidd Finch” and penned by another legend in George Plimpton, described a too-good-to-be true pitcher with a 168 mph fastball who was torn between a career with the Mets or playing the French horn.
The public - particularly Mets followers - bought into the story despite the slew of outlandish facts aside from Finch's nuclear fastball. Finch was a Harvard graduate who had never played baseball, learned Yoga in Tibet and pitched wearing only one shoe - a hiker's boot.
Finch told the team his first name derived from "Siddhartha" - translated to "The Perfect Pitch." Mets management played along with the hoax, assigning Finch a locker between sluggers Darryl Strawberry and George Foster, which was featured as part of the magazine's photo spread.