June 18, 1956
June 18, 1956

Table of Contents
June 18, 1956

Mantle Of The Babe
  • Some old champions improve with age. Thus Swaps sets a new mile record at Hollywood Park and Archie Moore defends his title by scoring the 88th knockout of his career in London. But the overpowering onrush of youth is one of sport's inevitable and most exciting dramas, exemplified last week by a 21-year-old Floyd Patterson battering his way a step nearer the coveted heavyweight championship. And by the brawny young man at the right, Mickey Charles Mantle, who eyes the most famous baseball record of all: Ruth's magic 60

Events & Discoveries
Tip From The Top
Track & Field
Horse Racing
The Outdoor Week
Fish Prints
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back


The good-humored similarity between the magazine covers shown here and any other covers you may have seen is no coincidence. These are special parody issues of SI published by five different college magazines.

This is an article from the June 18, 1956 issue

Correspondence from campuses all over the country has from the first told us what a well-worn and dog-eared part of college life SPORTS ILLUSTRATED plays. Sometimes, in fact, a plaintive note enters a letter from an undergraduate subscriber hard put to gain clear possession of his copy until it has passed, like a ball in a game of "keep-away," up and down the dormitory hall or through the fraternity house.

In magazine parlance this is "pass-along readership," and SI enjoys hearing about it as much as it enjoys inspiring parodies. And perhaps in them what we enjoy most is the recognition they give, behind their covers, to many of SI's innovations, such as PAT ON THE BACK, CONVERSATION PIECE, SPECTACLE, E & D and WONDERFUL WORLD OF SPORT.

A majority of the parody editors—those of Dartmouth's SPOTS ILLUSTRATED, Valparaiso's SPORTS ILLUMINATED and Maryland's SPORTS ILL-RATED—seem to have followed a variation of an old theory: it doesn't matter what you say as long as you spell the name wrong. No matter how they spell it, SI is proud of this evidence of its affectionate acceptance as a full-fledged citizen on the U.S. college campus.