We all have memories that take us back to a place or a time as if it were playing out in front of our eyes.
A song can dredge up a memory of that high school love that got away.
A smell can bring back the memory of Gramma's pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving or the smell of that once-special girl's hair.
The sight of the sun sinking into the sea can bring back the memory of that weekend at the beach.
First SI issue, August 16, 1954
For many sports fans memories are full of sports moments: football games, baseball games, college basketball. Sometimes those moments were shared by thousands in the stands, or perhaps just a few buddies in a living room or den, or even an afternoon watching by yourself.
For all the major sporting events over the last 50 years-plus the writers and photographers of Sports Illustrated, SI, have been there documenting the sights, sounds, and action.
Sports Illustrated Covers
You can jog many of your own sports memories by checking out the SI covers page at the SI website.
At that page there are various options to choose. You can choose to look at the 'Editor's Picks' or 'Most Popular' or 'the Latest' to start. There are also covers from various times in the past ( 5 Years Ago, 10 Years Ago, etc. ) down the page.
I know there used to be page where thumbnails of multiple pages were available for browsing. But dang if I could find it now.
Every issue's cover is still available by simply picking a cover and flipping either forward or back in time using the Next or Previous buttons. Indeed once you notice the numbers changing in the page URL you can jump forward or backward by changing the URLs.
Once at a particular cover page you can choose to read the articles in that issue or browse the actual issue itself in a separate reader window, if it is available. The old ads are fascinating..!
Sweet, sweet swimsuit issues, covers, and pics..!!
Every cover published is available. Including all the swimsuit covers...
The first one, published in 1964, was originally just a one-shot deal. But the popularity of it led to a repeat the next year ... and the rest is history as they say.
Of course, you can browse to the next few issues and read the 'swimsuit response letters' that have become such an SI legend after each issue. ...lol... indeed.
First swimsuit issue, January 20, 1964
The Bottom Line
The archives at SI dot com are a real treasure for any sports fan. Treat yourself to a few minutes of browsing through your own sports memories.