We've produced a lot of material over the last six decades. More than 3,000 issues of the magazine. Hundreds of thousands of photos. Millions of words. Who knows how many pixels worth of stuff on SI.com. And since anniversaries are no time for modesty, we'll come out and say it: We're damn proud of what we've done since SPORTS ILLUSTRATED was born on Aug. 16, 1954.
But anniversaries are a time for reflection, too, and by the time you reach 60 there's bound to be a decision or two you wish you could take back. For instance, predicting the Indians would win the World Series in April 1987 wasn't a great idea. Ditto for picking the Bills in the Super Bowl in 1991 ... and '92 ... and '93 ... and '94. (Here's hoping Cleveland and Buffalo celebrate championships before our 100th anniversary.) Some of our Sportsman of the Year picks turned out not to be paragons of sportsmanship. Charles Unchained? Should have kept that one under wraps. And we confess: It's possible that we overdid the bird-hunting covers in the '50s.
There's no instant replay in our business: When the magazine goes to print, we've got to stand by that call. Even when we really botch one, like in our 2013 baseball preview. Our World Series pick, the Nationals, didn't even make the playoffs. As for the team that won it all? We had the Red Sox slotted for last place in the AL East. So enjoy this look at some of the moments we regret from our first 60 years—and thanks for sticking with us through our light-headed moments as well as our most clear-eyed. For better and worse, here's to another 60.
THAT COULD HAVE GONE BETTER
DAMIAN STROHMEYER FOR SI (RED SOX)
WALTER IOOSS JR. FOR SI (BARKLEY)
RASTEM GRLER/GETTY IMAGES (BACKGROUND)