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.