Preview Guides Available Online

It’s sometimes easy to forget just how cool of a world we live in. As I do my best to collect the various annual preview guides, I discover again and again that the internet has me beat by miles (well, in one way… it’s still a thousand times easier and more fun to own and read physical magazine instead of computer files/web pages).

As of today, I know of these digital archives:

  • The Sports Illustrated Vault – a collection of every Sports Illustrated issue ever, online and for free; the search functionality makes it more difficult to go through than it should
  • Baseball Digest Monthly on Google Book Search – the full back catalog of Baseball Digest Monthly, since 1945, is available for free viewing within Google Book Search; being on Google, the search functionality is fantastic, and makes it real easy to find what you’re looking for
  • UPDATED 1/1823/09: The Sporting News Vault – all issues of TSN are available for viewing and searching online to registered users through their Paper of Record service. See my post about it here. (Since you must be registered to use the service, I am unable to link to the specific preview issues here.) Sadly, the Sporting News Vault is no longer available.

I will update this page with more archives as I find them.

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The list below provides direct links to each publication’s annual preview issue for each year.

Sports Illustrated Baseball Digest
1945 (no issue) (no issue)
1946 (no issue) (no issue)
1947 (no issue) May 1947
1948 (no issue) April 1948
1949 (no issue) (no issue)
1950 (no issue) April 1950
1951 (no issue) April 1951
1952 (no issue) (no issue)
1953 (no issue) April 1953
1954 (no issue) April 1954
1955 April 11, 1955
April 18, 1955
April 1955
1956 April 9, 1956 April 1956
1957 April 15, 1957 April 1957
1958 April 14, 1958 April 1958
1959 April 13, 1959 April 1959
1960 April 11, 1960 March 1960
1961 April 10, 1961 April 1961
1962 April 9, 1962 April 1962
1963 April 8, 1963 April 1963
1964 April 13, 1964 March 1964
1965 April 19, 1965 April 1965
1966 April 18, 1966 April 1966
1967 April 17, 1967 April 1967
1968 April 15, 1968 April 1968
1969 April 14, 1969 April 1969
1970 April 13, 1970 April 1970
1971 April 12, 1971 April 1971
1972 April 10, 1972 April 1972
1973 April 9, 1973 April 1973
1974 April 8, 1974 April 1974
1975 April 7, 1975 April 1975
1976 April 12, 1976 April 1976
1977 April 11, 1977 April 1977
1978 April 10, 1978 April 1978
1979 April 9, 1979 April 1979
1980 April 7, 1980 April 1980
1981 April 13, 1981 April 1981
1982 April 12, 1982 April 1982
1983 April 4, 1983 April 1983
1984 April 2, 1984 April 1984
1985 April 15, 1985 April 1985
1986 April 14, 1986 April 1986
1987 April 6, 1987 April 1987
1988 April 4, 1988 (no issue)
1989 April 5, 1989 April 1989
1990 April 16, 1990 April 1990
1991 April 15, 1991 April 1991
1992 April 6, 1992 April 1992
1993 April 5, 1993 April 1993
1994 April 4, 1994 April 1994
1995 May 1, 1995 April 1995
1996 April 1, 1996 April 1996
1997 March 31, 1997 April 1997
1998 March 23, 1998 (no issue)
1999 March 29, 1999 April 1999
2000 March 27, 2000 April 2000
2001 March 26, 2001 April 2001
2002 March 25, 2002 April 2002
2003 March 31, 2003 April 2003
2004 April 5, 2004 April 2004
2005 April 4, 2005 March 2005
2006 April 3, 2006 April 2006
2006 Annual Guide
2007 March 26, 2007 March 2007
2007 Annual Guide
2008 March 31, 2008 (no issue)
2009 April 6, 2009 (no issue)
Larry Granillo

About Larry Granillo

Larry Granillo has been writing Wezen Ball since 2008 and has dealt with such touchy topics as Charlie Brown's baseball stats and Ferris Bueller's day off. In 2010, he got the bright idea to time every home run trot in baseball; he has been missing ever since.

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