"Baseball never looked sweeter than it did through the lens of V.J. Lovero," wrote senior writer Tom Verducci. The Californian's boyhood dream was to be an SI photographer, and few have done it better: His pictures graced 39 covers.
SI's first managing editor (1954-60) recruited Hemingway and Faulkner to contribute pieces to the magazine. Known for his enthusiasm, he led SI's first Olympic coverage and presided over the birth of the cover jinx in '57.
Outspoken and passionate, Wiley wrote 12 cover stories as an SI writer from 1982 to '91, and he memorably chronicled the life of Sugar Ray Robinson. Among his books were collaborations with Spike Lee and Martin Luther King Jr.'s son.
F. DARRIN PERRY
The North Carolina native and Parsons alum came to SI as a designer in '88 and rose to art director before leaving in '97. Talented and innovative, he became the first design director at ESPN the Magazine and later redesigned Wired.