In this week's issue of Sports Illustrated, Tom Verducci examines the curveball and it's prominence in baseball. The cover features a closeup of the actual finger position of the pitch. SI usually puts an athlete on the cover, but in rare instances (such as this week), the cover is all text or just a photo. Below is a collection of those covers.
Olympic hero Chloe Kim (her Australian shepherd Reese) appear on this week's SI cover after winning a gold medal in the half-pipe competition. In honor of Chloe and Reese, here's a look at the many different dogs that have appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated since 1954.