Following the National Headliners Club Award to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED for Boxing's Dirty Business, which I mentioned in our March 26 issue, other awards have been coming SI's way in quick succession.
In April, at the world's largest press photography competition, sponsored by the Encyclopaedia Britannica and the National Press Photographers Association, SI's Hy Peskin won first prize in sports for Fighter of the Year, Mark Kauffman an honorable mention for Run Batted In.
In May, Boxing's Dirty Business scored again— with the University of Illinois' Benjamin Franklin Magazine Award. The citation: "For the most distinguished magazine writing involving original reporting in which serious obstacles had to be overcome, published in an American magazine of general circulation."
Only last week E. P. Dutton & Co. announced and published the results of their 12th annual competition in Best Sports Stories—1956, included the CONVERSATION PIECE by Dick Young on Preacher Roe, The Outlawed Spitball, and two SI photographs: Kauffman's at ringside, Archie Finds a Sympathizer, and Peskin's at rinkside, Boom-Boom Goes Boom.
June 3, 1956
Also last week SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, most honored with awards it had received, was happy to be able to hand out some of its own (see page 58).