Goodbye Productivity, Hello History

I don’t know how I missed this until today, but thanks to I learned that Sports Illustrated has all of their issues since 1954 available online for free. Talk about a productivity vortex! I especially enjoyed this article from Walter Bingham dated July 31st, 1961 on Maris’ and Mantle’s assault on the home run record.

Really starting to enjoy this whole new intraweb thang. Hope it’s not a fad.

19 comments… add one
  • Jesus man, this has been linked all over the web. But you just now find it and credit kottke?
    Try to expand a little bit. Reading only kottke makes you look like an idiot.

    matt March 27, 2008, 3:47 pm
  • As big an idiot as you look now, Matt? Unlikely.
    I’ve been meaning to post on this for a while, but I kept having major problems with the SI search engine. Looks like those are fixed now. Kudos to them, and to the NYT, for allowing so much of their history to be researchable for free. If only more publications would follow their lead…

    Paul SF March 27, 2008, 4:00 pm
  • I love those classic Dan Marino covers…ahhh, the good old days of being a Dolphins fan!!!

    krueg March 27, 2008, 4:16 pm
  • > Reading only kottke makes you look like an idiot
    Nonsense, sir. I have not begun to show how big of an idiot I am.

    attackgerbil March 27, 2008, 4:29 pm
  • Count me as one to see the humor in Matt’s post.
    Matt, use a :) to indicate any humor, even deep sarcasm. Some have sensitive ears.

    A YF March 27, 2008, 4:36 pm
  • I agree with Paul that it is fantastic when one finds these resources, hence my retelling what I already alluded was probably rather common knowledge. I got the humor. Count me as one to be not easily offended by observations about.. um.. myself, though by observing my position you can not know my vector or velocity, or something quantum something. And I beg to differ with Matt on one more point: I have been expanding. Unfortunately, it has been a lateral move.

    attackgerbil March 27, 2008, 4:45 pm
  • Covers from the 80s are my favorites.

    no sleep til brooklyn sf March 27, 2008, 4:50 pm
  • Everything from the 80s are my favorties :-)

    Paul SF March 27, 2008, 4:51 pm
  • Hey, if that was humor, I apologize, but if it was, it was not a very good attempt at it. Just sounded like someone who really REALLY doesn’t like kottke.

    Paul SF March 27, 2008, 4:52 pm
  • You could do worse than reading only Kottke.
    On Maris, Mantle, and asterisks, more from your humble moderator, anon…..

    YF March 27, 2008, 4:52 pm
  • If they have the late 70s-era issue with Cheryl Tiegs on the cover, I am so there.

    Hudson March 27, 2008, 5:13 pm
  • Is this close enough? quite possibly NSFW…

    attackgerbil March 27, 2008, 5:18 pm
  • AG – your 4:29 post makes you my hero. If I could have that response even half the times someone said something insulting, I’d be a better man…

    Brent - SF March 27, 2008, 5:24 pm
  • Great googly moogly!

    LocklandSF March 27, 2008, 6:08 pm
  • for what it’s worth, I’ve never heard of Kottke. so consider my mind expanded; thanks AG. but what’s this intraweb thing you speak of?
    Paul – I think it is just a matter of time before we see other publications begin to fill in the gaps of total archiving. the ones who have been around as long as SI and, good gravy, the NYT… I imagine that takes a while to put them online, right?

    FenSheaParkway March 27, 2008, 8:00 pm
  • Lockland: I know, right?
    AG, want to add to Brent’s kudos…way to let it roll off (or recognize humor for what it is, I guess).

    Devine March 27, 2008, 8:16 pm
  • A lot of the old-school publications are completely archived — the Globe is, for example. But they charge you per article or per month or whatever you want. In fact, the NYT is the only major paper that allows any kind of free access that I could find while I was researching the Top 50 list. Oh, there is also The Sporting News, whose archives you can browse (through a pretty inefficient searching method) by registering for free at

    Paul SF March 27, 2008, 10:11 pm
  • Awesome.
    I will officially not be getting anyting done today.
    This one is freaking awesome…

    Brad March 28, 2008, 10:01 am
  • YF March 28, 2008, 10:29 am

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