Sports Illustrated, celebrating their 50th anniversary, has
provided an online database (with search engine) of every cover they've ever printed. You can find it at:
I found it fascinating searching for (and finding) SI covers with
Roger Bannister, John Landy, Herb Elliott, Valeri Brumel, Bobby Morrow, Perry O'Brien, Rafer Johnson, Jim Beatty, Dyrol Burleson, Michel Jazy, Dwight Stones, Steve Prefontaine, Bruce Jenner, Mary Decker, Frank Shorter, Sebastian Coe, Jim Ryun (several), and Carl Lewis (many).
Interesting, that a few greats never made the cover, e.g., Bob Hayes, Al Oerter.
Searching for "Penn Relays" brings up a good 1955 cover.
They have a special link to all the Olympic covers.
Can someone tell me which running event the artwork on their December 10, 1956 "Olympic Results" cover is supposed to represent? Looks like five white guys coming off the final curve in an 800 ...with the two leaders way out in lane 5 ??!