Sidd Finch and the Story of the 120 MPH Fastball
When I was a kid, my dad had a subscription to Sports Illustrated. On April 1, 1985, when they ran a story that the New York Mets had discovered
Most CPAs have a certain disdain for April 14 because of the looming tax deadline, but April 14 means something completely different to me. On that day in 1988, my dad passed away. Every year right at the point when my professional life picks up speed, I’m also thinking about losing him.
a new pitcher named Sidd Finch, my dad ate it up. The story claimed the Mets had found a man out in the sticks with no previous baseball career who pitched in boots and threw a 120 mph fastball.
My dad had polio when he was a kid, so his right leg and right arm had small deformities. He wore what I call the “Forrest Gump brace” on his right leg, but he never let his disability slow him down. He was strong. If you were in trouble, you didn’t dare run from him. You always knew you’d have to come home eventually and running would only make that worse. My dad loved people, and he loved life.
My dad was the city service manager for the town I grew up in, and he was so excited when he saw the article that he took the magazine to work and showed all his employees. Boy, were they excited. Everybody in the office was suddenly a fan of the Mets all because they wanted to see this guy pitch.
Back then, there was no social media or website to constantly check and get
I remember coming home once — my mom can confirm — and there was nothing left in the kitchen but a couple of plates and a frying pan. My dad heard that one of his employees had a house fire and lost everything, so he packed everything up in the car and gave it to the guy to help him get back on his feet. That’s just the kind of guy he was.
information from, so a whole month passed by with no news about Sidd Finch. When the next edition of Sports Illustrated came out, it said, “Oh, by the way, April fools!” They got him good, and my dad knew it. He could pull practical jokes with the best of them, but he didn’t enjoy having one pulled over on him, not one bit. He called the next day and canceled his subscription. These days, with all the social media channels we have, there is so much information that it can feel impossible to keep up. Plus, conflicting information runs amok, so it’s hard to tell the real from the fake. This is partly why I started a weekly video newsletter. If you’re on that list, then hopefully I’m doing some of that investigative work for you. I won’t pretend to know everything, but I’m not afraid to admit when I don’t have the answer to a question. And I’m constantly learning more about what I do to make sure I’m answering my clients as precisely and accurately as possible.
Every year, I think about him in April. And this year, in his honor, I’ll be keeping a look out for the next Sidd Finch. Fool my dad once, shame on you. Fool him twice? No way.
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