Who here has not enjoyed the media giant that is Sports Illustrated? That magazine that has captured the hearts of the sports nation, and is such a media giant that it has its own cult following? Everyone knows how huge Sports Illustrated is in the world of sports, and it got me to thinking how old and how long has this great publication been around? Feast your eyes on the above picture which clearly states it’s the “First Issue”. It’s Eddie Mathews, Baseball, Milwaukee Braves photographed by: Mark Kauffman, and the year was 1954. Which means I’m even older than the Super Bowl and Sports Illustrated? Sheesh!
But it got me to thinking back to some of the more memorable covers that comes to mind.
How about this for irony? One of the most shocking news stories of the century was in November of 1963 when the tragedy of the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas Texas. The very next month, the December issue of SI had this magazine cover of Roger Staubach, the future Hall of Fame Quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys.
Some of the SI covers were comical and unforgettable, like this cover from 1970. This photo reminded me of Mad Magazine’s Alfred E. Newman.
And who could forget the very first Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl win and the cover of SI on that day?
And then there was/is the whole SI Jinx Theory:
Millions of superstitious readers — and many athletes — believe that an appearance on Sports Illustrated’s cover is the kiss of death. But is there really such a thing as the SI Jinx? In this week’s issue, senior writer Alexander Wolff attempts to answer that very question. Read about Wolff’s experience working on the story.
So all-in-all, Sports Illustrated has been a large part of Americana. Some things you just expect to be great. Sports Illustrated has been doing it for a long time.
That Old Black Magic (SI)
SI Vault (SI)