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    March Madness is in full swing. To celebrate college basketball's 2011 tournament, Sports Illustrated highlighted Jimmer Fredette, BYU guard and the favorite to win national player of the year, on its latest cover.
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  • Sports Illustrated: Greatest Covers

    The editors of Sports Illustrated have published "Sports Illustrated: The Covers," a 208-page collection highlighting every Sports Illustrated cover through mid-May 2010. With more than 2,500 color photos, the book, released Oct. 12, 2010, by Sports Illustrated Books at $29.95, showcases the magazine's historical and iconic covers, in chronological order, starting with the first issue Aug. 16, 1954. Divided and organized by decade, the index is further supplemented by chapter introductions written by the Sports Illustrated editor most closely associated with each 10-year block.
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    Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa stole the cover of Sports Illustrated when they both made history in 1998. The players battled each other in a home run race to beat New York Yankees right fielder Roger Maris' record. Dubbed the Babe Ruth of the 1990s, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman McGwire made 70 single season home runs. Sammy Sosa, right fielder for the Chicago cubs, hit 66 home runs and was named the National League's Most Valuable Player.
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    Soccer defender and mid-fielder Brandi Chastain smiled for miles after she converted the penalty kick in 1999 against China and guided the United States to victory in the Women's World Cup championship.
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    Muhammad Ali anticipated winning a fourth world heavy weight championship in 1980 against his former sparring partner Larry Holmes. Ali was the only three-time heavy weight champion in history, but the undefeated Holmes took home the title when Ali was unable to respond to the bell on the 11th round.
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    Baseball star Eddie Mathews played for the Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves. Mathews hit 512 home runs in his 17-year career. On Aug. 16, 1954, Mathews was the first person to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated.
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    Ski racer Jill Kinmont was popular during the 1950s. Kinmont was on her way to making the U.S. Olympic Team, being the first woman to win the junior and senior women's slalom title in 1955. But in a high-speed race in Alta, Utah, Kinmont fell and broke her neck during the 1955 Snow Cup race. The skier was paralyzed from the shoulders down and had to be confined to a wheel chair. The 1975 movie "The Other Side of the Mountain" was made in her honor.
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    San Francisco 49ers Dwight Clark is known for making "The Catch." In the January 1982 NFC Championship game against the Dallas Cowboys, Clark intercepted a pass by Joe Montana. The wide receiver made the touchdown and the 49ers won 28-27.
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    On Feb. 22, the United States and the Soviet Union hockey teams competed during the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, N.Y. Team U.S.A. defeated the Soviets, who were considered the best hockey players in the world.
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    Legend has it that the SI Jinx leaves teams or individuals who appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated with a stroke of bad luck. In 2002, SI writer Alexander Wolff researched the so-called curse and found that out of 2,456 covers, 913 could be considered a "jinx," or about 37 percent.
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    The misperception that HIV was a gay man's disease was again proven wrong Nov. 7, 1991. That's when Los Angeles Lakers point guard Earvin "Magic" Johnson told the world at a news conference that he was HIV positive and decided to retire from basketball. "I plan on going on living for a long time, bugging you guys like I've always have," said Johnson, who hosts sports shows on ESPN.
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    Dale Earnhardt began his race car driving career when he entered the World 600, the longest race in the Cup circuit finishing at 22nd. Earnhardt won the Heinz Southern 500 and in 1991, his 5th Winston Cup Championship. The seven-time series champion died in a crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500 Feb. 18, 2001, at age 49.
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    Millions watched stunt legend Evel Knievel's televised motorcycle jumps. Knievel stunned the world Sept. 2, 1974, when he attempted to jump over the Snake River Canyon in Twin Falls, Idaho. The daredevil failed the jump and was injured when he landed at the river's edge.
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    Manager and baseball player Pete Rose made headlines when he was accused of gambling on baseball games while managing the Cincinnati Reds. In August 1989, Rose agreed to permanent ineligibility in baseball but was later instated. Australian basketball legend Andrew Gaze, top right-hand corner, entered the 1989 NBA draft and played at Seton Hall University.
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    Mark "The Bird" Fidrych was a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. In 1976, Fidrych was named Rookie of the Year and was often told he resembled Sesame Street's Big Bird. He was featured on the June 6, 1977, cover of Sports Illustrated. He retired at age 29 because of a torn rotator cuff.
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    On June 3, 2002, Sports Illustrated featured on its cover the confessions of athletes who used steroids. Baseball player Ken Caminiti came clean about his addiction and talked about the pressures he experienced in Major League Baseball. In the interview, he told SI: "It's no secret what's going on in baseball. At least half the guys are using [steroids]." In 2004, Caminiti died of a drug overdose in 2004 at age 41.
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