1. I found your site on Google and read a few of your other entires. Nice Stuff. I’m looking forward to reading more from you.

  2. Baller44

    I read somewhere that SI got a ton of cancelled subscriptions from this April Fool’s prank. i don’t think they ever did anything like this again, did they?

  3. They did get some cancellations, a ton of letters (some congratulatory, others angered) and the phone lines at the SI offices were ringing off the hook, mostly media trying to find out more about Finch. They fooled their own industry!

  4. Hello, I just hopped over to your web page via StumbleUpon. Not somthing I would normally read, but I liked your views none the less. Thanks for making some thing well worth reading through.

  5. John,
    Hadn’t seen this and I have been immersed in ’86 research. Let me lead off the 2015 comments by saying, “Excellent piece.” I was totally taken in back in ’85. The big Cubs fan in our dorm, and I had been going back and forth all winter between Sutcliffe and Gooden and I can see myself folding my arms, nodding at the magazine on the table, and saying, “Well, what do you think about the Mets pitching staff now.? He picked it up and in two minutes said, “You idiot. Did you see this says April first? It’s a joke.” Man, we tied one on that night. But come the first week of October, how I wished the Mets had Sidd Finch instead of Rick Aguilera for that final game in St. Louis.

    • Hi Matthew:

      Great to hear from you. Thanks for visiting the site! That is a great story. Trust me, after listening to Lane Stewart (the Finch photographer), you were not alone as a “believer.” I, too, wish we could have had the fictional Sidd Finch down the stretch in ’85. That was a heartbreaking year, but in hindsight, was the impetus for the domination in 1986.

      So, are you writing a book on the 1986 team now?



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