December 19, 1966
Mile star Jim Ryun, 19, the youngest person ever selected as SI's Sportsman
By Sports Illustrated
In its first issue, in August 1954, Sports Illustrated reported the duel of the original 4 minute Milers, Roger Bannister and John Landy, at the British Empire Games in Vancouver. Bannister won...
July 25, 1966
Leaving the whole world far behind him, Jim Ryun, the 19-year-old durable wonder of Kansas, smashes track's most treasured record—the Mile mark that has eluded American runners for 29 years
By Anita Verschoth, Sports Illustrated
After a few warmup sprints last Sunday on a field next to...
September 03, 1962
"Everybody said the American runner is lazy, don't work. Now the American distance runner is the best in the vorld."
By John Lovesey, Sports Illustrated
Getting to the top these days is not so much a climb for mountaineers as it is an exercise in pyramidal logistics. A large expedition,...
May 21, 1956
Gentle John Landy, after one of history's fastest Mile times, could feel only sadness and defeat. Here is the story of an amazing, dedicated athlete—and an amazing human being: "I'd rather lose a 3:58 Mile than win one in 4:10."
By Paul O'Neil, Sports Illustrated
The townspeople of Fresno,...
January 03, 1955
The year brought shining performances in a host of sports, but the electrifying running of history's first 4 minute Miler—a man of no fanfare—made him year's pre-eminent Man of Sport
By Gerald Holland, Sports Illustrated
If ever a good speech ruined a dinner it was that delivered by Dr. Roger...
January 26, 1902
Veteran athlete of Xavier AA holds indoor Mile world record amongst high honors
From The Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The record attained by Andrew J. Walsh, the veteran athlete of the Xavier AA, since his debut on the cinder path, nearly ten years ago, is remarkable. This sterling athlete, in his...