Greatest 21 Days
Born: Sep 28, 1958
Ronn Reynolds already had his quirky place in baseball lore before he arrived in Houston. Sports Illustrated magazine decided to pull an April Fools joke on New York Met fans one spring and created a reclusive imaginary pitcher named Sidd Finch who had the backup Reynolds as his personal catcher. The sousaphone player with the 100+ fastball from Nepal never existed but it was Reynolds' job to help keep the masquerade up until SI was ready to reveal the hoax.
After three seasons in New York and one in Philadelphia, Reynolds came to the Astros in 1987 and played in 38 games, hitting .167 with one homer in backup duty. He moved on to Milwaukee and San Diego after that, earning a .188 career average over six big league seasons.