In 1954, Eddie Mathews was on the first cover of Sports Illustrated magazine.
The first issue of Sports Illustrated was published in 1954. The cover photo, by Mark Kauffman, is of future Hall of Fame third baseman Eddie Mathews at the plate for the Braves at Milwaukee’s County Stadium. He was known as one of the best third basemen to play the game.
The magazine became the most read and recognized sports magazine. People read it because they knew that it had the most important in the world of sport. The magazine had a big influence on what people care about in sport.
The first issue of Sports Illustrated was published in 1954. It cost 25 cents. The cover showed a game between two teams before many people at County Stadium.
The photo showed Braves star Eddie Mathews swinging at a pitch with catcher Wes Westrum and umpire Augie Donatelli in the image.
There was a picture of Mathews in the magazine. It was not in the story, but it was still there. The editor said he thought that the picture of the crowd made it look good.