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Wiley had a highly skilled eye

These publisher's memos from Ralph Wiley's days at Sports Illustrated reveal the kind of reporter he was.

Updated: June 15, 2004, 12:17 PM ET
By Donald J. Barr |  

Below are two Sports Illustrated publisher's memos regarding Ralph Wiley, from Feb. 2, 1987 and June 5, 1989. They're reprinted here courtesy of Sports Illustrated. Copyright (1987, 1989), Time Inc. All Rights reserved.

The traits that I admire most in great athletes," says Sports Illustrated staff writer Ralph Wiley, "are versatility, flexibility and relentlessness."

Over the past five years, Wiley has demonstrated his own mastery of those virtues in stories for SI on subjects ...

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