In this year that has now passed, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED has covered some 95 sports. Among them—golf, written to the satisfaction of BOBBY JONES, who told us so ... boxing, to the satisfaction of JACK DEMPSEY; he told us so... track and field, to the satisfaction of ROGER BANNISTER; he let us know...baseball, to the satisfaction of the father of the modern game, BRANCH RICKEY; he sent us a letter saying so.
Paul Gallico (who had written "Farewell to Sport") said hello to sports again and for us has written as of old on fencing, fishing and cricket. Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner WILLIAM FAULKNER has covered hockey and the Kentucky Derby. JOHN P. MARQUAND, another Pulitzer Prize winner, began his series on country clubs early this summer.
Budd Schulberg, winner of an Academy Award for "On the Waterfront," writes regularly of boxing (and in part tribute to his SPORTS ILLUSTRATED articles was given Notre Dame's 1955 Bengal Bouts Award as "the man who had done most for boxing in the past year"). Still another Pulitzer Prize writer, JOHN STEINBECK, has written about fishing. HERBERT WARREN WIND, called by those who know the most sensitive and literate golf writer the game has ever had, is SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's golf authority.
Staff photographers HY PESKIN (who has won more prizes for sports photography than any other cameraman in the country), MARK KAUFFMAN (winner of the White House News Photographers Association spot news award last year), and RICHARD MEEK (whose color picture of jockey silks has already become a sports classic) have added to their reputation as three of the finest in the business.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's very first story, PAUL O'NEIL's account of the Vancouver Mile, was selected for the famous annual, Best Sports Stories 1955; and GERALD HOLLAND'S long-range survey of sports, "The Golden Age Is Now," was made required reading by Ohio State University for its physical education students.
SI has devised solid journalistic inventions and innovations such as Conversation Piece, Spectacle, Preview, Yesterday, Scouting Report, Pat on the Back and You Should Know to sharpen the week's news. Taken altogether, they provide a new vantage point from which to view the whole thrilling sports panorama.
And finally, for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, sports experts have become writers—and contributed the authority of the years they have devoted to their fields—for example, HERMAN HICKMAN and OTTO GRAHAM on football; EDDIE ARCARO on racing; BILLY TALBERT and SARAH PALFREY on tennis; TENZING, CHARLES EVANS, and DR. CHARLES HOUSTON on mountain climbing; PAUL RICHARDS, RED SMITH, FRANK FRISCH on baseball...
How "The Wonderful World of Sport" looks to one reader
How much our readers think of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED is evident in the department known as The 19th Hole, certainly the liveliest letters-to-the-editor section in any magazine.
It has been a true test of the way SPORTS ILLUSTRATED has tapped not one, but many appeals to people whose hearts lie in sports, for one or for many reasons. They tell us it seems incredible that SPORTS ILLUSTRATED hasn't already been around as long as sports themselves, and we don't mind confessing that their letters have given us some of the happiest moments of the year.