Memo Pad: Winners And Loosers... Going Home... Fool's Gold...

The first half of this year looked positive overall for most fashion magazines, as some rebounded off of soft year-ago periods while others kept their momentum after strong performances.

GOING HOME: Harper's Bazaar deputy editor in chief Sarah Bailey is leaving the magazine and returning to London, where she was last the editor of British Elle. She has worked at Bazaar since 2004, and recently left on maternity leave. "I'm going back to London as I want my son to spend his early years surrounded by family," she said through a spokeswoman, adding that she will continue to contribute to the magazine, starting with the September cover story. She plans to write for other outlets, as well. "I love to write and have spent too little time with the muse for the last three years. Once I've shipped my family — and baby's extensive wardrobe — back to London, there's a bunch of juicy writing projects I'm really looking forward to." Margi Conklin will continue to serve as acting executive editor, though a spokeswoman was unable to say whether editor in chief Glenda Bailey would make another hire at the top. — Irin Carmon

FOOL'S GOLD: GQ pulled a fast one on its readers in its May issue. The story of a 13-year-old numbers wunderkind who manages a small town baseball team is a hoax, made up entirely from the imagination of GQ articles editor Jason Gay. The article, "The Boys of Summer," profiles Jonathan Nettles Floyd, a child born on April 1, 1994, who is the general manager of the Ash Fork Miners, a team in the Desert Cactus Independent League. Floyd has developed a unique statistic to evaluate a player's ability — the ISH, or infield stolen hits, and the OSH, or outfield stolen hits. Supposedly, Floyd has a nine-year-old assistant, and is being heavily courted by the New York Yankees.

But the boy, the team, the Desert Cactus Independent League and the entire story are all fake. There actually is a town called Ash Fork, population 400, just north of Phoenix, but it does not have a minor league baseball team. Instead, the players and ballpark facilities shown in the story are home to the Yuma, Ariz., Golden Baseball League, run by commissioner Kevin Outcalt. And Outcalt did more than lend his baseball field for the story. He also lent his 13-year-old son, Chris Outcalt — who is photographed as young Floyd in the piece.
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