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Sept 1957 cover with Carmen Basilio


Sports Illustrated is the largest sports magazine in the United States. Published weekly, it has over 3 million subscribers. It is read by 23 million people each week, including over 18 million men, or 19 percent of the adult males in the country.

It originated in 1954 and was developed by Henry Luce, the creator of Time magazine. Published by Time Inc. (a division of Time Warner Inc.), Sports Illustrated is headquartered in New York City.

Sports Illustrated was the first magazine with circulation over one million to win the National Magazine Award for General Excellence twice.

Its best selling issue is the Swimsuit Issue, which sells about 10 to 15 times as much as a regular issue of Sports Illustrated. First published in 1964, it is now an annual publishing event that generates its own television shows, videos and calendars.

On March 20, 2008, Sports Illustrated launched the Vault, a free site within SI.com that contains every article the magazine has ever published and many of the images, along with video and other material, in a searchable database.

Sports Illustrated and Boxing

Boxing has been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated over 150 times.

The first boxer to appear on the cover was Rocky Marciano, who was featured on the September 19, 1955, issue.

Muhammad Ali has appeared on the cover 41 times, more than any other boxer.

Since its inception in 1954, Sports Illustrated has annually presented the Sportsman of the Year award to "the athlete or team whose performance that year most embodies the spirit of sportsmanship and achievement." Three boxers have received the award: Ingemar Johansson (1959), Muhammad Ali (1974) and Sugar Ray Leonard (1981).

Muhammad Ali was named the magazine's Sportsman of the Century in 1999.

External Links

Website: SI.com
The Vault: SI.com/vault

Sports Illustrated Magazine Boxing Covers

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