Sport (US magazine)

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Sport was an American sports magazine. Launched in September 1946 by New York-based publisher Macfadden Publications, Sport pioneered the generous use of color photography – it carried eight full-color plates in its first edition.

Sport predated the launch of Sports Illustrated by eight years, and is remembered for bringing several editorial innovations to the genre, as well as creating, in 1955, the Sport Magazine Award. The Sport Award, given initially to the outstanding player in baseball's World Series (Johnny Podres of the Brooklyn Dodgers was the inaugural winner), was later expanded to include the pre-eminent post-season performers in the other three major North American team sports. What made Sport the most distinctive from Sports Illustrated, however, was that it was a monthly magazine as opposed to SI's weekly distribution.

Sport was published continually between its launch and August 2000, when its then-owner, British publisher EMAP PLC, made the decision to close the money-losing title. As of 2016, the photo archive of Sport, which represents one of the most significant collections of 20th-century sports photography in North America, is housed in Canada in Toronto, Ontario and Vancouver, British Columbia at The Sport Gallery.

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History

1946–1960s

For many of the middle years of the 20th century, the king of sport magazines in North America was not Time Inc.'s Sports Illustrated, but the brainchild of another publishing house, Macfadden Publications, founded by publisher and fitness authority Bernarr Macfadden. Launched in September 1946, Macfadden's Sport magazine broke new ground, as the first mainstream national sports publication, but also in its editorial innovations. In those years, Sport had the market for magazine-style sports journalism virtually to itself and, under founding editor Ernest Heyn, pioneered a brand of behind-the-scenes glimpses of the heroes of the day not previously attempted. The emphasis was not on the games or the teams, but on the elements of human dram... ...read more

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