A Letter From The Publisher, Jun. 15, 1953

This week's cover story on Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees marks the goth time that a figure in the sports world has been on the cover of TIME. The first athlete to appear was a hard-jawed, 28-year-old mauler by the name of Jack Dempsey. That was in September 1923. Two weeks later, he fought his famous match with Luis Angel ("Bull") Firpo, at which boxing fans paid a total of $1,888,822 to see Dempsey retain his world heavyweight championship in 3 minutes, 57 seconds of furious fighting.

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