Rank #1: Grant Wahl on his 2002 LeBron cover story
Grant Wahl joins Ted Keith on the SI Vault Podcast 15 years after his famous cover story on then-high school junior LeBron James. They discuss the reporting that went into the story, Grant driving LeBron to McDonald's in his rental car, the decision to put the a high school junior on the cover, other future celebrities Grant met that week and much more.
Rank #2: Steve Rushin on covering the legendary 1991 World Series
In this episode of the SI Vault Podcast, host Ted Keith and SI senior contributing writer Steve Rushin revisit the legendary 1991 World Series, considered by many to be one of the best and most dramatic Fall Classics ever played. Rushin, who wrote Sports Illustrated's cover story about the series, remembers his experience covering all seven games, including how he wrote his famous story in the basement of his childhood home while dealing with personal turmoil.
Rank #3: Frank Deford on Muhammad Ali
In this episode of the SI Vault Podcast, Ted Keith and SI senior contributing writer Frank Deford remember the life and times of Muhammad Ali.
Rank #4: SI Vault Presents: Memories in your pocket: America's love affair with the Baseball Card
Baseball cards are as American as well ... cigarettes and chewing gum. Cards have captured the imaginations of the young and the young at heart for over a century as a portal into memories of the game they love.
Rank #5: Jon Wertheim looks back on Kerry Wood & the best deal in sports history
On the new episode of the SI Vault Podcast, Ted Keith visits with Jon Wertheim to remember two stories given new relevance given recent events in the world of sports. First, Keith and Wertheim remember the recently-deceased Ozzie Silna, the onetime owner of the ABA's Spirits of St. Louis, who made what is widely considered to be the most savvy deal in the history of sports. Next, given Max Scherzer's recent 20-strikeout game for the Nationals, the pair reminisce about Kerry Wood's dominant performance for the Cubs in 1998, which Wertheim covered as one of his first stories for the magazine.
Rank #6: SI's S.L. Price on "The Lone Wolf," the story of tennis legend Pancho Gonzalez
On this week's edition of The SI Vault podcast, SI senior writer S.L. Price joins the show to talk to Ted Keith about "The Lone Wolf," his 2002 feature on tennis legend Pancho Gonzalez, as the two discuss Gonzalez's larger-than-life persona, how Price reported the story, the surprising connections between Gonzalez and Andre Agassi, and whether someone like Gonzalez could possibly exist in today's culture.
Rank #7: SI Vault Presents: Leagues Apart
Historically, sports have been a boys-only club. Even modern women sports superstars like Serena Williams and the USWNT continually have to battle for equal pay and respect. But women refuse to lose, even if a win gets them less than it should.
Rank #8: John Schulian's "Laughing on the Outside," on the life and career of Josh Gibson
On the latest edition of The SI Vault podcast, we celebrate the legacy of Jackie Robinson with a reading of John Schulian's 2000 Sports Illustrated feature "Laughing on the Outside," the story of Josh Gibson. A Negro Leagues legend and arguably the greatest African American baseball player of all time, Gibson's life was marked by brilliance and tragedy, as he was denied his chance at breaking the game's color barrier despite his overwhelming talent.
Rank #9: Alex Wolff on Final Four memories and the greatest upset ever
Sports Illustrated senior writer Alexander Wolff and SI deputy managing editor Jon Wertheim join host Ted Keith to discuss Wolff’s memories of more than 25 years of covering the Final Four, from the hidden moments to the forgotten heroes to the most memorable plays. Wolff also chooses this week’s story from the SI Vault, read by Keith, which is “Shooting the Lights Out,” Curry Kirkpatrick’s cover story from the April 8, 1985 issue, about Villanova’s stunning upset of defending national champion Georgetown in the NCAA title game.
Rank #10: Sean Gregory on Princeton, NCAA tournament, more; ‘The Game That Saved March Madness’
In this week’s episode of the SI Vault Podcast, host Ted Keith talks with Time Magazine senior writer and former college basketball player Sean Gregory about his time with Princeton, the fabled Georgetown game in 1989 in which the Tigers almost beat the Hoyas in what would have been one of the greatest upsets in sports history and much more. Following their conversation, Keith will read the feature from Gregory and Alexander Wolff that ran in the March 17, 2014 issue of Sports Illustrated titled, “The Game That Saved March Madness.” We love to hear our listener's thoughts. Please tweet our host at twitter.com/si_tedkeith. For more sports, visit si.com/podcasts. SI is now part of the Panoply Network: panoply.fm.