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Sports Illustrated’s 60th Anniversary Issue features photomosaic cover


For its 60th anniversary cover, Sports Illustrated asked readers to submit photos of themselves playing a sport, being a fan or wearing their favorite team’s gear.

The photos from thousands of people who responded were used in a photomosaic recreation of SI’s first cover, from Aug. 16, 1954, which featured Milwaukee Braves third baseman Eddie Mathews, New York Giants catcher Wes Westrum and umpire Augie Donatelli.


The photomosaic anniversary cover, which features 1,596 photos, seemed like an out-of-the box idea, but it was a logical choice. 

"In thinking about what we should do about this cover, we really wanted to make it less about us and more about the people that read the magazine," Chris Hercik, Sports Illustrated Sports Group's Creative Director, said. "It's about doing something different. This mosaic was weeks in the making, but the bottom line is that we wanted to celebrate the sports fan."

Over 3,069 covers in the last 60 years - some iconic, some head-scratching, some controversial - Sports Illustrated’s main focus through its storytelling and photos was to engage readers, provide thought-provoking commentary and inform. Although society at large has changed, fans' thirst for sports has not.

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Featured in this issue are a look back on the sports landscape over the last six decades, a feature on new Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt and some of SI's cover regrets.

SI's Steve Rushin takes readers on a journey through the eyes of Los Angeles Dodgers legendary announcer Vin Scully, who is in his 65th year of broadcasting, as Scully navigates the team's move from Brooklyn, sees athletes come to earn huge salaries because of television contracts and experiences social media changing the way the fans engage the athletes they are cheering for (or against).

Oklahoma State Investigation
Jason Collins Reveals He's Gay
Boston Marathon Bombing
Retired NFL Players' Health
NFL Bounty Investigation
Rebuilding Tuscaloosa
Confessions of a Sports Agent
NFL Concussions
Alex Rodriguez Investigation
Ultimate Fighting
Sports and Global Warming
NFL Big Hits

The Pat Tillman Story

The Pat Tillman Story
Barry Bonds and Steroids
What Steroids Have Done to Baseball
Pete Rose's Confession
The Secret Life of Kirby Puckett
The Dangerous Quest for a World Record
Steroids in Baseball
High School Sports Series
The Death of an NHL Fan

The Post 9/11 Issue

The Post 9/11 Issue
Play Now, Pay Later
The Downfall of Bobby Knight
Looking Back, A 20th Century Celebration
Child Molestation in Youth Sports
Startling Number of Out-of-Wedlock Children
NFL's Dirtiest Players
Cyber Gambling on Sports
What Ever Happened to the White Athlete
Performance-enhancing Drugs Investigation
The Richie Parker Saga
Marge Schott
The Most Dangerous Man in Pro Football
Why Miami Should Drop Football
Is Tennis Dying?
Florida State Expose
Why Mary Pierce Fears for Her Life
Terror on the Court
Jim Valvano Battles Cancer
Lyle Alzado Admits to Massive Use of Steroids
Magic Johnson Speaks Out About HIV
Pete Rose Gambling Investigation

Oklahoma Football: A Sordid Story

Oklahoma Football: A Sordid Story
Kentucky Basketball Probation
How Beer Influences the Games We Watch and Play
Gary McLaiin Cocaine Admission
The Pit Bull Terrier
Gambling on Sports: America's Pastime?
The Money Game: Baseball's Millionaires
Former NFL Player Don Reese Comes Clean
Inside Boston College's Point Shaving Scheme
Miracle on Ice
Confessions of a Master Fixer
Conrad Dobler: Pro Football's Dirtiest Player
Gerald Ford: My View of Sport
Babe Ruth: The Legend Comes to Life
Women Are Getting a Raw Deal

Lew Alcindor: My Story

Lew Alcindor: My Story
Bill Russell Announces His Retirement
Ted Williams: The Science of Hitting

The Black Athlete: A Shameful Story

The Black Athlete: A Shameful Story
The Case for the 12-foot Basket
Bear Bryant: I'll Tell You About Football
Wilt Chamberlain: My Life in a Bush League
Bill Russell: 'How I Psych Them'
Cassius Clay: I'm a Little Special on Calculated Zaniness
Paul Hornung: The True Moral Crisis in Sports

Floyd Patterson: My Life Story

Floyd Patterson: My Life Story
John F. Kennedy Criticizes "The Soft American"

Rushin sums up the last six decades: "And so anyone who wants to understand the last 60 years in sports, the journey from the Regency TR-1 to the iPhone5s, who do well to stop at Dodger Stadium, high atop Chavez Revine. Vin embodies changes on the field, changes in technology, changes in the economics of sports. And all of that in a guy who may be the best storyteller in the history of broadcasting."

Scully will call the Dodgers game against the Milwaukee Brewers this year on Aug. 16, just as he did sixty years ago when the Brooklyn Dodgers played the Philadelphia Phillies on Aug. 16, 1954. 

"Sixty years and a continent separate those two games," Rushin writes, "between which everything changed and - he (Scully) is quick to say, surveying that beautiful ball field - 'nothing much has changed at all.'"

To see if you made the cover, view the larger image here.  For more of Rushin's story, pick up this week's Sports Illustrated (subscribe here).

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