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In the early 1900s editor Maxwell Perkins told anyone who would
listen that Chicago sports columnist Ring Lardner was the most
talented writer he knew, high praise given that Perkins's stable
included Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe. It shouldn't
have come as a shock, though. Many of the country's best writers
have long been fascinated with sports, and that passion shows up
in their prose. After all, when done right, sportswriting
transcends bats and balls to display all the traits of great
literature: incision, wit, force and vision, suffused with style
and substance. Herewith the editors of SI's favorite sports
books, compiled with love and reason, out of intense and
sometimes unruly discussions.

Out of print
New York Times best-seller
Made into a movie
Authors with other list-worthy books

The Sweet Science

Pound-for-pound the top boxing writer of all time, Liebling is at
his bare-knuckled best here, bobbing and weaving between superb
reporting and evocative prose. The fistic figures depicted in
this timeless collection of New Yorker essays range from champs
such as Rocky Marciano and Sugar Ray Robinson to endearing
palookas and eccentric cornermen on the fringes of the squared
circle. Liebling's writing is efficient yet stylish, acerbic yet
soft and sympathetic. ("The sweet science, like an old rap or the
memory of love, follows its victims everywhere.") He leavens
these flourishes with an eye for detail worthy of Henry James.
The one-two combination allows him to convey how boxing can at
once be so repugnant and so alluring.

The Boys of Summer

A baseball book the same way Moby Dick is a fishing book, this
account of the early-'50s Brooklyn Dodgers is, by turns, a
novelistic tale of conflict and change, a tribute, a civic
history, a piece of nostalgia and, finally, a tragedy, as the
franchise's 1958 move to Los Angeles takes the soul of Brooklyn
with it. Kahn writes eloquently about the memorable games and the
Dodgers' penchant for choking--"Wait Till Next Year" is their
motto--but the most poignant passages revisit the Boys in autumn.
An auto accident has rendered catcher Roy Campanella a
quadriplegic. Dignified trailblazer Jackie Robinson is mourning
the death of his son. Sure-handed third baseman Billy Cox is
tending bar. No book is better at showing how sports is not just
games. [New York Times best-seller]

Ball Four

Though a declining knuckleballer, Bouton threw nothing but
fastballs in his diary of the 1969 season. Pulling back the
curtain on the seriocomic world of the big leagues, he writes
honestly and hilariously about baseball's vices and virtues. At a
time when the sport was still a secular religion, it was an act
of heresy to portray players "pounding the Ol' Budweiser,"
"chasin' skirts" or "poppin' greenies." (And that was during
games.) Bouton's most egregious act of sacrilege--his biting
observations about former teammate Mickey Mantle--led to his
banishment from the "Yankee family." But beyond the controversy,
Ball Four was, finally, a love story. Bouton writes, "You spend a
good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it
turns out that it was the other way around all the time."
[New York Times best-seller]

Friday Night Lights

Schoolboy football knits together the West Texas town of Odessa
in the late 1980s. But as Permian High grows into a dynasty, the
locals' sense of proportion blows away like a tumbleweed. A
brilliant look at how Friday-night lights can lead a town into
darkness. [New York Times best-seller]

You Know Me Al

This collection of letters from a fictional (and grammatically
challenged) pitcher named Jack Keefe, originally published in
installments in The Saturday Evening Post, earned lardner a spot
in the pantheon of american humorists alongside mark twain and
Will Rogers.

A Season on the Brink

Bob Knight still curses the day he granted the author unfettered
access to his program. Feinstein's year as an honorary Hoosier
yielded an unsparing portrait of Indiana's combustible coach and
spawned the best-selling sports book of all time.
[New York Times best-seller]
[Made into a movie]
[Authors with other list-worthy books]


Running back Billy Clyde Puckett of TCU and the Giants calls
himself the "humminest sumbitch that ever carried a football."
Puckett is also the funniest, and the dialogue in this raunchy
novel still crackles. Also read Jenkins's golf novel, Dead Solid
[Out of print]
[New York Times best-seller]
[Made into a movie]
[Authors with other list-worthy books]

Paper Lion

No one today does what the fearless Plimpton once did with
regularity. Here, in his first Walter Mitty--esque effort, the
author of the equally brilliant Shadow Box and The Bogey Man
infiltrates the Detroit training camp as a quarterback with no
arm, no legs and no shot.
[Out of print]
[New York Times best-seller]
[Made into a movie]
[Authors with other list-worthy books]

The Game

Hall of fame goalie Dryden was always different. A Cornell grad,
he led Montreal to six Stanley Cups, then at 26 sat out a year to
prepare for the bar exam. His book is different too: a
well-crafted account of his career combined with a meditation on
hockey's special place in Canadian culture.

Fever Pitch

How can the rest of the world summon such passion for soccer?
You'll understand after reading Hornby's deeply personal and
wonderfully witty account of an otherwise normal bloke who
develops a full-blown obsession with Arsenal, the English Premier
League team.
[Made into a movie]

A River Runs Through It

One publisher rejected this novella because "the stories have
trees in them"--thereby missing the forest. The tale of two
brothers headed in different directions also has fly-fishing and
family drama, presented in prose as crisp and clear as a Montana
mountain stream.
[New York Times best-seller]
[Made into a movie]


People who've never been to the racetrack love this book, and
it's easy to see why. Hillenbrand has an irresistible story to
tell, about a homely hay burner who came to dominate the
Depression-era sports pages, taking a colorful crew of humans
along for the ride.
[New York Times best-seller]

Loose Balls

Flip to any page of this oral history of the wild-and-woolly ABA
and you can kiss the next few hours goodbye. Pluto tells almost
too-good-to-be-true stories about Marvin (Bad News) Barnes, Dr. J
and obscure figures such as John Brisker, the meanest man in the
[Authors with other list-worthy books]

Bang the Drum Slowly

Second of a quartet of baseball novels featuring star southpaw
Henry Wiggen of the New York Mammoths, and a book that is in
equal measures sober and silly. In this installment Wiggen's
roommate and catcher, Bruce Pearson, is dying of cancer.
[Made into a movie]

Heaven Is a Playground

The author hung around pickup games in Brooklyn's
Bedford-Stuyvesant section one summer and returned with this
intriguing account of inner-city hoops, a trailblazer of its
kind. Telander depicts the hopes--real and false--that the game
offers its playground legends.
[Made into a movie]

Levels of the Game

This gripping point-by-point breakdown of the 1968 U.S. Open
semifinal between Arthur Ashe and Clark Graebner is as much
sociology as sport, with each man explaining how his background
shaped his game. Also read A Sense of Where You Are, McPhee's
take on a young Bill Bradley.
[Authors with other list-worthy books]

The Breaks of the Game

The pulitzer prize winner (for his Vietnam War coverage) focuses
on the 1979--80 Trail Blazers. Like A Season on the Brink, Breaks
proves that a down year can make for high drama. Halberstam's
baseball books, Summer of '49 and October 1964, are also
[Out of print]
[New York Times best-seller]
[Authors with other list-worthy books]

The Summer Game

This collection of 21 New Yorker pieces, with gems on the woeful
early Mets as well as the "flowering and deflowering of New
England" during the Red Sox' 1967 "Impossible Dream" season,
cemented Angell's place as the game's greatest essayist.
[Out of print]
[New York Times best-seller]
[Authors with other list-worthy books]

The Long Season

In 1959 Brosnan, a burnt-out reliever for the Cardinals and the
Reds, kept a journal chronicling such things as the insecurity of
superstars and the behavior of stewardesses on team flights. The
result: a well-rendered inside glimpse that groomed the mound for
Ball Four.
[New York Times best-seller]

Instant Replay

The first issue of Sports Illustrated, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat and New York Giants catcher Wes Westrum in Milwaukee County Stadium

Editorial Director, Time Inc. Sports GroupChris Stone
Staff writers


Managing Editor Stephen Cannella
Managing Editor SI Golf Group: Jim Gorant
Creative Director: Christopher Hercik
Director of Photography: Brad Smith[1]
Senior Editor, Chief of Reporters: Richard Demak
Senior Editors: Mark Bechtel, Trisha Lucey Blackmar, MJ Day (Swimsuit); Mark Godich; Stefanie Kaufman (Operations); Kostya P.

Kennedy, Diane Smith (Swimsuit)
'Senior Writers: Kelli Anderson, Lars Anderson, Chris Ballard, Michael Bamberger, George Dohrmann, David Epstein, Michael Farber, Damon Hack, Lee Jenkins, Peter King, Thomas Lake, Tim Layden, J. Austin Murphy, Dan Patrick, Joe Posnanski, S.L. Price, Selena Roberts, Alan Shipnuck, Phil Taylor, Ian Thomsen, Jim Trotter, Gary Van Sickle, Tom Verducci, Grant Wahl, L. Jon Wertheim
Associate Editors: Darcie Baum (Swimsuit); Mark Beech, Adam Duerson, Gene Menez, Elizabeth Newman, David Sabino (Statistics)
Staff Writers: Brian Cazeneuve, Albert Chen, Chris Mannix, Ben Reiter, Melissa Segura
Deputy Chief of Reporters: Lawrence Mondi
Writer-Reporters: Sarah Kwak, Andrew Lawrence, Rick Lipsey, Julia Morrill, Rebecca Sun, Pablo S. Torre
Reporters: Kelvin C. Bias, Matt Gagne, Rebecca Shore
CategoriesSports magazine
PublisherBrendan Ripp
Total circulation
(December 2015)
First issueAugust 16, 1954
CompanyMeredith Corporation
CountryUnited States
Based inNew York, USA

Sports Illustrated is an American sports media franchise owned by Meredith Corporation. Its self-titled magazine has over 3 million subscribers and is read by 23 million people each week, including over 18 million men.[3] It was the first magazine with circulation over one million to win the National Magazine Award for General Excellence twice. Its swimsuit issue, which has been published since 1964, is now an annual publishing event that generates its own television shows, videos and calendars.


There were two magazines named Sports Illustrated before the current magazine began on August 16, 1954.[4] In 1936, Stuart Scheftel created Sports Illustrated with a target market for the sportsman. He published the magazine from 1936 to 1938 on a monthly basis. The magazine was a life magazine size and focused on golf, tennis, and skiing with articles on the major sports. He then sold the name to Dell Publications, which released Sports Illustrated in 1949 and this version lasted 6 issues before closing. Dell's version focused on major sports (baseball, basketball, boxing) and competed on magazine racks against Sport and other monthly sports magazines. During the 1940s these magazines were monthly and they did not cover the current events because of the production schedules. There was no large-base, general, weekly sports magazine with a national following on actual active events. It was then that Time patriarch Henry Luce began considering whether his company should attempt to fill that gap. At the time, many believed sports was beneath the attention of serious journalism and did not think sports news could fill a weekly magazine, especially during the winter. A number of advisers to Luce, including Life magazine's Ernest Havemann, tried to kill the idea, but Luce, who was not a sports fan, decided the time was right.[5]

The goal of the new magazine was to be basically a magazine, but with sports. Many at Time-Life scoffed at Luce's idea; in his Pulitzer Prize–winning biography, Luce and His Empire, W. A. Swanberg wrote that the company's intellectuals dubbed the proposed magazine "Muscle", "Jockstrap", and "Sweat Socks". Launched on August 16, 1954, it was not profitable (and would not be so for 12 years)[6] and not particularly well run at first, but Luce's timing was good. The popularity of spectator sports in the United States was about to explode, and that popularity came to be driven largely by three things: economic prosperity, television, and Sports Illustrated.[7]

The early issues of the magazine seemed caught between two opposing views of its audience. Much of the subject matter was directed at upper-class activities such as yachting, polo and safaris, but upscale would-be advertisers were unconvinced that sports fans were a significant part of their market.[8]

After more than a decade of steady losses, the magazine's fortunes finally turned around in the 1960s when Andre Laguerre became its managing editor. A European correspondent for Time, Inc., who later became chief of the Time-Life news bureaux in Paris and London (for a time he ran both simultaneously), Laguerre attracted Henry Luce's attention in 1956 with his singular coverage of the Winter Olympic Games in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, which became the core of SI's coverage of those games. In May 1956, Luce brought Laguerre to New York to become assistant managing editor of the magazine. He was named managing editor in 1960, and he more than doubled the circulation by instituting a system of departmental editors, redesigning the internal format,[9] and inaugurating the unprecedented use in a news magazine of full-color photographic coverage of the week's sports events. He was also one of the first to sense the rise of national interest in professional football.[10]

Laguerre also instituted the innovative concept of one long story at the end of every issue, which he called the "bonus piece". These well-written, in-depth articles helped to distinguish Sports Illustrated from other sports publications, and helped launch the careers of such legendary writers as Frank Deford, who in March 2010 wrote of Laguerre, "He smoked cigars and drank Scotch and made the sun move across the heavens ... His genius as an editor was that he made you want to please him, but he wanted you to do that by writing in your own distinct way."[11]

Laguerre is also credited with the conception and creation of the annual Swimsuit Issue, which quickly became, and remains, the most popular issue each year.


From its start, Sports Illustrated introduced a number of innovations that are generally taken for granted today:

  • Liberal use of color photos—though the six-week lead time initially meant they were unable to depict timely subject matter
  • Scouting reports—including a World Series Preview and New Year's Daybowl game round-up that enhanced the viewing of games on television
  • In-depth sports reporting from writers like Robert Creamer, Tex Maule and Dan Jenkins.
  • Regular illustration features by artists like Robert Riger.
  • High school football Player of the Month awards.
  • Inserts of sports cards in the center of the magazine (1954 & 1955)
  • 1994 Launched Sports Illustrated Interactive CD-ROM with StarPress Multimedia, Incorporates player stats, video and highlights from the year in sports.
  • In 2015 Sports Illustrated purchased a group of software companies and combined them to create Sports Illustrated Play, a platform that offers sports league management software as a service.

Color printing[edit]

The magazine's photographers also made their mark with innovations like putting cameras in the goal at a hockey game and behind a glass backboard at a basketball game. In 1965, offset printing began to allow the color pages of the magazine to be printed overnight, not only producing crisper and brighter images, but also finally enabling the editors to merge the best color with the latest news. By 1967, the magazine was printing 200 pages of "fast color" a year; in 1983, SI became the first American full-color newsweekly. An intense rivalry developed between photographers, particularly Walter Iooss and Neil Leifer, to get a decisive cover shot that would be on newsstands and in mailboxes only a few days later.[12]

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, during Gil Rogin's term as Managing Editor, the feature stories of Frank Deford became the magazine's anchor. "Bonus pieces" on Pete Rozelle, Woody Hayes, Bear Bryant, Howard Cosell and others became some of the most quoted sources about these figures, and Deford established a reputation as one of the best writers of the time.[13]

Regular segments[edit]

Who's Hot, Who's Not: A feature on who's on a tear and who's in a slump.

Inside the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, College Football, College Basketball, NASCAR, Golf, Boxing, Horse Racing, Soccer and Tennis (sports vary from issue to issue) has the writers from each sport to address the latest news and rumors in their respective fields.

Faces in the Crowd: honors talented amateur athletes and their accomplishments.

The Point After: A back-page column featuring a rotation of SI writers as well as other contributors. Content varies from compelling stories to challenging opinion, focusing on both the world of sports and the role sports play in society.

Creative freedom that the staff had enjoyed seemed to diminish. By the 1980s and 1990s, the magazine had become more profitable than ever, but many also believed it had become more predictable. Mark Mulvoy was the first top editor whose background contained nothing but sports; he had grown up as one of the magazine's readers, but he had no interest in fiction, movies, hobbies or history. Mulvoy's top writer Rick Reilly had also been raised on SI and followed in the footsteps of many of the great writers that he grew up admiring, but many felt that the magazine as a whole came to reflect Mulvoy's complete lack of sophistication. Mulvoy also hired the current creative director Christopher Hercik. Critics said that it rarely broke (or even featured) stories on the major controversies in sports (drugs, violence, commercialism) any more, and that it focused on major sports and celebrities to the exclusion of other topics.[14]

The proliferation of "commemorative issues" and subscription incentives seemed to some like an exchange of journalistic integrity for commercial opportunism. More importantly, perhaps, many feel that 24-hour-a-day cable sports television networks and sports news web sites have forever diminished the role a weekly publication can play in today's world, and that it is unlikely any magazine will ever again achieve the level of prominence that SI once had.[15]

Nevertheless, Sports Illustrated remains the predominant sports publication in print journalism with a consistent weekly circulation topping 3 million per issue.[16]

Performer of the Year[edit]

Maya Moore of the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx became the inaugural winner of the Sports Illustrated Performer of the Year Award.[17]

Sportsperson of the Year[edit]

Main article: Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year

Since 1954, Sports Illustrated magazine has annually presented the Sportsperson of the Year award to "the athlete or team whose performance that year most embodies the spirit of sportsmanship and achievement."[18][19]Roger Bannister won the first-ever Sportsman of the Year award thanks to his record breaking time of 3:59.4 for a mile (the first-ever time a mile had been run under four minutes).[18][20] Both men and women have won the award, originally called "Sportsman of the Year" and renamed "Sportswoman of the Year" or "Sportswomen of the Year" when applicable; it is currently known as "Sportsperson of the Year."

The most recent winner of the award is LeBron James, winning in 2016. The basketballer was the NBA Finals MVP, the NBA Champion and led his team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, to their first title in franchise history.[21] James became only the second man, following Tiger Woods, to be named Sportsperson of the Year more than once.

Sportsman of the Century[edit]

In 1999, Sports Illustrated named Muhammad Ali, the Sportsman of the Century, at the Sports Illustrated's 20th Century Sports Awards in New York City's Madison Square Garden.[22]

All-decade awards and honors[edit]

Main article: List of 2009 all-decade Sports Illustrated awards and honors

  • Top 20 Female Athletes of the Decade (2009)
  • Top 20 Male Athletes of the Decade (2009)
  • All-Decade Team (2009) (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, college basketball, college football)
  • Top 10 Coaches/Managers of the Decade (2009)
  • Top 10 GMs/Executives of the Decade (2009)
  • Top Team of the Decade (2009) (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, college basketball, college football)
  • Top 25 Franchises of the Decade (2009)
  • Major League Baseball honors
  • National Basketball Association honors
  • National Football League honors
  • National Hockey League honors
  • College basketball honors
  • College football honors[23]

Top sports colleges[edit]

For a 2002 list of the top 200 Division Isports colleges in the U.S., see footnote[24]

Cover history[edit]

The following list contains the athletes with most covers.[25]

The magazine's cover is the basis of a sports myth known as the Sports Illustrated Cover Jinx.

Most covers by athlete, 1954–2016

Most covers by team, 1954 – May 2008

Most covers by sport, 1954–2009

SportNumber of covers
Pro Football-NFL550
Pro Basketball-NBA325
College Football202
College Basketball181
Track and Field99

Celebrities on the cover, 1954–2010

Fathers and sons who have been featured on the cover

Presidents who have been featured on the cover

Tribute covers (In Memoriam)

AthleteSI cover dateSpecial notes
Len BiasJune 30, 1986Died of a cocaine overdose just after being drafted by the Boston Celtics
Arthur AsheFebruary 15, 1993Tennis great and former US Open champion who died from AIDS after a blood transfusion
Reggie LewisAugust 9, 1993Celtics player who died due to a heart defect
Mickey MantleAugust 21, 1995Died after years of battling alcoholism
Walter PaytonNovember 8, 1999Died from rare liver disorder
Dale EarnhardtFebruary 26, 2001Died in a crash on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.
Brittanie CecilApril 1, 2002Fan killed as the result of being struck with a puck to the head while in the crowd at a Columbus Blue Jackets game
Ted WilliamsJuly 15, 2002Boston Red Sox who died of cardiac arrest
Johnny UnitasSeptember 23, 2002Baltimore Colts great who died from heart attack
Pat TillmanMay 3, 2004Arizona Cardinals player who was killed in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan.
Ed ThomasJuly 6, 2009Parkersburg, Iowa high school football coach that was gunned down by one of his former players on the morning of June 24, 2009.
John WoodenJune 14, 2010UCLA Basketball coaching legend who died of natural causes at 99 years of age.
Junior SeauMay 2, 2012NFL Hall of Fame linebacker who committed suicide at 43 years of age

Regular columns[edit]


Main article: List of Sports Illustrated writers


  • Walter Iooss
  • Lynn Johnsom
  • David E. Klutho
  • Neil Leifer
  • Bob Martin
  • John W. McDonough
  • Manny Millan
  • Peter Read Miller
  • Hy Peskin
  • Chuck Solomn
  • Damian Strohmeyer
  • Al Tielemans


Sports Illustrated has helped launched a number of related publishing ventures, including:

  • Sports Illustrated Kids magazine (circulation 950,000)
    • Launched in January 1989
    • Won the "Distinguished Achievement for Excellence in Educational Publishing" award 11 times
    • Won the "Parents' Choice Magazine Award" 7 times
  • Sports Illustrated Almanac annuals
    • Introduced in 1991
    • Yearly compilation of sports news and statistics in book form
  • sports news web site
  • Sports Illustrated Australia
    • Launched in 1992 and lasted 6 issues **
  • Sports Illustrated Canada
    • Was created and published in Canada with US content from 1993 to 1995. Most of the issues appear to have the same cover except they say 'Canadian Edition'. These issues are numbered differently in the listing. A group of the Canadian issues have unique Canadian athletes (hockey mostly) and all the Canadian issues may have some different article content. The advertising may also be Canada-centric.
  • Sports Illustrated Presents
    • Launched in 1989
    • This is their tribute and special edition issues that are sold both nationally or regionally as stand alone products. **Originally started with Super Bowl Tributes the product became a mainstay in 1993 with Alabama as the NCAA National Football Champions. Today multiple issues are released including regional releases of the NCAA, NBA, NFL, MLB champions along with special events or special people. Advertising deals are also done with Sports Illustrated Presents (Kelloggs).
  • a 24-hour sports news web site
    • Launched on July 17, 1997
    • Online version of the magazine
    • The domain name was sold in May 2015[28]
  • Sports Illustrated Women magazine (highest circulation 400,000)
    • Launched in March 2000
    • Ceased publication in December 2002 because of a weak advertising climate
  • Sports Illustrated on Campus magazine
    • Launched on September 4, 2003
    • Dedicated to college athletics and the sports interests of college students.
    • Distributed free on 72 college campuses through a network of college newspapers.
    • Circulation of one million readers between the ages of 18 and 24.
    • Ceased publication in December 2005 because of a weak advertising climate

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^"Consumer Magazines". Alliance for Audited Media. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  3. ^Plunkett, Jack W. (2006). Plunkett's Sports Industry Almanac 2007. Plunkett Research, Ltd. ISBN 1593924151. 
  4. ^French, Alex. "The Very First Issues of 19 Famous Magazines". Mental Floss. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  5. ^(MacCambridge 1997, pp. 17–25).
  6. ^"Henry Luce and Time-Life's America: A Vision of Empire". American Masters, 28 April 2004.
  7. ^MacCambridge, Michael (1998). The Franchise: A History of Sports Illustrated Magazine. Hyperion. ISBN 9780786883578. 
  8. ^(MacCambridge 1997, pp. 6, 27, 42).
  9. ^"Designer Swimwear". 
  10. ^Sutton, Kelso F. (January 29, 1979). "Letter From The Publisher". Sports Illustrated. 
  11. ^Deford, Frank: "Sometimes the Bear Eats You: Confessions of a Sportswriter". Sports Illustrated, March 29, 2010 pp. 52–62.
  12. ^(MacCambridge 1997, pp. 108–111, 139–141, 149–151, 236)
  13. ^(MacCambridge 1997, pp. 236–238).
  14. ^"What's wrong with Sports Illustrated?". Slate Magazine. 
  15. ^(MacCambridge 1997, pp. 8–9, 268–273, 354–358, 394–398, 402–405)
  16. ^Rager, Ryan. "Sports Illustrated Magazine". Echo Media. Retrieved June 25, 2013. 
  17. ^Kolur, Nihal (November 29, 2017). "Minnesota Lynx Star Maya Moore Wins Sports Illustrated's Performer of the Year Award". Time Inc. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved December 1, 2017. 
  18. ^ ab"Sportsmen of the Year 1954–2008". Sports Illustrated. December 8, 2008. Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  19. ^Brinson, Will (December 15, 2013). "'Sports Illustrated' names Peyton Manning its Sportsman of the Year". CBS Sports. Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  20. ^Holland, Gerald (January 3, 1955). "1954 & Its Sportsman: Roger Bannister". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  21. ^Jenkins, Lee (December 1, 2016). "Crowning The King: LeBron James is Sports Illustrated's 2016 Sportsperson of the Year". Sports Illustrated. 
  22. ^"Sports Illustrated honors world's greatest athletes". CNN. December 3, 1999. 
  23. ^Kelly, Greg. Sports Illustrated: The Covers. New York: Sports Illustrated Books, 2010. Print.
  24. ^"America's Best Sports Colleges". Sports Illustrated. October 7, 2002. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  25. ^Sports Illustrated covers
  26. ^Robert Smithies, "Through a lens lightly" (obituary of Finlayson), The Guardian, 27 February 1999. Accessed 16 February 2013.
  27. ^Search results for Finlayson, Sports Illustrated archive. Accessed 17 February 2013.
  28. ^Silver, Elliot. " Sells for $5,500". Retrieved 4 April 2016. 


  • MacCambridge, Michael (1997), The Franchise: A History of Sports Illustrated Magazine, Hyperion Press, ISBN 0-7868-6216-5 .
  • Fleder, Rob (2005), Sports Illustrated 50: The Anniversary Book, Time Inc., ISBN 1-932273-49-2 .
  • Regli, Philip (1998), The Collectors Guide to Sports Illustrated and Sports Publications, Beckett, ISBN 1-887432-49-3 .

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

Mark Ford, President of the Sports Illustrated Group in 2010
The Logo of Sports Illustrated Magazine


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