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April is here and we’re not fooling around

Celebrate a nonsense holiday and relive the saga of Sidd Finch, the greatest April Fool's hero of all time

Happy April, fools, and happy April Fool’s! Forgive the playful insult, but it’s a good day! Not only is if finally Friday, but today is the OG of nonsense holidays—one with origins dating back centuries.

April Fool’s Day has always been a personal favorite of this writer, and every April 1 I’m reminded of the endless prank wars between myself and my sister, Laura. We used to wake up early to get a head start on the tricks, and I hope that somewhere some kids are still doing that. I could write a book on the ridiculous “facts” I once convinced Laura were true–a seven-year age gap aided big bro here.

Today is also the 37th anniversary of the greatest April Fool’s prank I was not directly involved in: The story of Sidd Finch.

If you have time, follow the link and read the entire article. Just understand, people at the time thought this was real. Thousands of Sports Illustrated readers believed that the New York Mets had discovered a foreign pitching prospect who preferred to throw with one foot bare and could hit 168 miles per hour on the radar gun. At least two Major League general managers contacted the commissioner of baseball to inquire about Finch, and one cocky radio host even claimed to have seen the fictional sensation pitch.

This photograph of “Sidd Finch” was originally published in the April 1, 1985 issue of Sports Illustrated.

Let’s keep that kind of fun going today, but we’re telling the truth here. We’ve got some fantastic content set for you today, including a recap of Adair County Middle School’s conference tournament championship victories over Russell County, a check-in from Creelsboro, and a double dose of Jordan Willis. 

We have a big announcement coming later on today that is sure to make a “Splash.” Keep an eye on The County Line’s Facebook page for this one—you won’t want to miss it!

Adair County baseball is off today, as is Russell County baseball and softball, but Adair softball is back in action tonight at home against Wayne County. The Tribe improved to 7-2 last night with a road win at Nelson County. Sophomore Hallie Burton earned the win in the circle, extending her season-long streak of zero earned runs allowed to 26 innings.

Adair and Russell County’s track teams are set to compete this evening in the Blue Raider Invitational at Lindsey Wilson College.

It’s just a few minutes after 5 a.m. locally and the thermometer at The County Line’s Adair County office reads 38. It’s the same in Russell County, and the high today is 50 degrees. Expect cloudy skies throughout the morning, giving way to sunshine this afternoon.

We have no birthdays or anniversaries to celebrate today. Instead, we’ll commemorate the 26thanniversary of the greatest basketball team of all time’s crowning moment (or watch the whole entire game right here). Readers, as always, are encouraged to send additions to our birthday and anniversary calendars. To get your special dates added to the list, just send us an email at countyline@adair-russell.com.

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Wes Feese is one of this company's owners and founders. He has previously worked as an editor, news reporter, sportswriter, photographer, and freelance contributor for newspapers across central Kentucky. He grew up in the Egypt community of Adair County and is a graduate of Adair County High School and Lindsey Wilson College.