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Sports Illustrated the 50th Anniversary Book: 1954-2004 [Hardcover]

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A fiftieth anniversary compilation of the best from the Sports Illustrated archives features photographs and articles from the popular sports magazine since its launch in 1954, offering a look at great moments in American sports history.

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For 50 years, "Sports Illustrated has set the standard for sports writing and action photography. Now, for the culmination of the magazine's 50th Anniversary celebration, some of the finest writing and most memorable pictures (over 200) from "Sports Illustrated's archives have been collected in a lavish coffee-table book that will be treasured by the magazine's devoted readers for years to come.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.5" Width: 11.5" Height: 12"
Weight:   4.15 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 26, 2004
Publisher   Sports Illustrated
Age  13-22
ISBN  1932273492  
ISBN13  9781932273496  
UPC  804962029952  

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Reviews - What do customers think about Sports Illustrated 50 Years: The Anniversary Book?

Great Gift for the Sports Lover!  Jan 7, 2008
I got this as a gift for my boyfriend...he loves it! But it's only for the sports buff. Too much for someone who doesn't love all sports.
Sports Nostalgia  May 15, 2007
Good coffee table book for the sports afficionado, especially the older one who likes to quietly "remember when". Careful when ordering from an this site partner. I got it on the cheap but it obviously had been stored in a damp environment as the pages were "rippled". Since it's not an heirloom or collectible I didn't go through the trouble of contesting it. Maybe the seller will get a hockey puck in the face or a bookcase will fall on him.
Must Have Book!  Mar 1, 2006
I'm on this site to purchase this book as agreed with my 5th grade son who checked this out of the school library in September and has never returned it. After renewing for months (it's now March!) I agreed to purchase it if he would only return it for another child to enjoy!

It is a beautiful book w/ lots of treasures particularly for the almanac-type sports fans. And besides his football book, it's one of his top 3 books!
Worth Its Weight  Jun 17, 2005
This is a glorious celebration of Sports Illustrated's 50 years coverage of the minor and the major in sport. At first, the magazine devoted a disproportionate number of articles to "gentlemenly" pursuits such as troutfishing and yachting. However, the once timid magazine eventually hit its stride, with the help of television, with the talents of new editors and writers, and, arguably, by the visuals of television.

The book, with an informative but slightly cloying introduction by Frank Deford (he keeps on mentioning the swimsuit issue--about as relevant to the major sports scene as yachting was 50 years ago), organizes the magazine's stories and pictures by the decade. A current sportswriter gives an overview, there arearticles from the magazines, sidebar-like features such as quotes, historic cultural and historical events, and, most importantly, the photographs.

SI photography is the best of its kind, setting a standard that will defy any attempt to cater to some notion of the "new" SI reader. It is as dependable and as beautiful as a museum. The full page and two-page spreads here are magnificent records of sports history, character studies, stories of emotion, action, the literal and the figurative. A low angle shot of the then-named Lew ALcindor beating Houston in 1968. an underwater shot of Michael Phelps winning gold at the Australia Olympics, a black and white of Duke Snider climbng the outer field wall at Ebbets Field, an extreme overhead of Ali knocking out Cleveland Williams in 1966, mini-reproductions of cover of every issue, and yes, that includes the swimsuit issues--it's here at an overwhelmingly fan-friendly price.

In a way, then, the book is a direct descendant of the unique magazine of which one British man complained in 1954: "For 25 cents there is too much value." Although the book was produced bt SI and--as expected--celebrates SI, it also teases itself as well, noting that in 1954, "it published only six articles on basketball but 14 on bowling. It published 17 articles on clothing (but oddly, none on bowling clothing)." My only complaints: There's not quite enough of the original text (more of the writing is included in a companion book) and there is no index. A superb gift with more substance and memories than the usual oversized book.
What a Gift!  Jan 7, 2005
This coffee table sports offering has no weak spots. Cover-to-cover...SOLID. I found it to be the perfect business gift for the sports enthusiast. I am not a shill for SI or this site but,it's also very efficient. This is my 5th order.

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