Classic SI Photos of Stan Musial

Stan Musial made his major league debut on Sept. 17, 1941. He went on to win seven National League batting crowns, three MVP awards and helped the St. Louis Cardinals capture three World Series championships. Musial spent his entire 22-year career with the Cards and made the All-Star team 24 times — baseball held two All-Star games each summer for a few seasons. One of the greatest players in the history of baseball, Musial died at the age of 92 in 2013. For the 75th anniversary of his big league debut, we present these classic SI photos of "Stan the Man."
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Classic SI Photos of Sandy Koufax

From 1963 to '66, Sandy Koufax had averaged a 24-7 record, 307 strikeouts and a 1.86 ERA, winning three out of four Cy Young awards at a time before each league had its own award. That brief run as the best pitcher in baseball, plus the two All-Star seasons that preceded it and his dominance in four World Series (0.95 ERA, four complete games, two shutouts in seven starts and one scoreless relief appearance) made him a Hall of Famer in his first year of eligibility and a permanent part of any discussion about the greatest pitcher of all time. Here are 32 classic SI photos of No. 32, "The Left Arm of God," Sandy Koufax.

Classic SI Photos of Jim Palmer

Three-time AL Cy Young winner, six-time All-Star, and eight-time 20-game winner Jim Palmer turned 70 years old on Oct. 15, 2015. The Hall of Fame pitcher played all of his 19 years in the majors with the Baltimore Orioles, winning three World Series. In celebration of Palmer's birthday, we present these 22 classic SI photos of No. 22.

Classic SI Photos of Bob Gibson

Eight-time MLB All-Star, two-time Cy Young winner and 1968 MVP Bob Gibson turned 81 years old on Nov. 9, 2016. Standing tall on the high pitching mounds of the 1960s, few pitchers insisted on owning the inner half of the plate the way Gibson did. In his autobiography, the Hall of Famer wrote that he threw nine pitches: "two different fastballs, two sliders, a curve, a change-up, knockdown, brushback, and hit-batsman." Here, we present these classic SI photos of the St. Louis Cardinals pitcher nicknamed "Gibby" and "Hoot" (a reference to western film star Hoot Gibson).

Classic SI Photos of Tom Seaver

Tom Seaver was the ace of the ‘69 Miracle Mets and the 1973 pennant winners. In his first 10 seasons with the Mets, “The Franchise” won Rookie of the Year, three Cy Young awards, made nine All-Star teams, led the NL in strikeouts five times, ERA thrice, and wins twice. In 1992, his first year on the Hall of Fame ballot, he received 98.8 percent of the vote, still the highest ever, and was the only player ever to go into the Hall as a Met until Mike Piazza in 2016. In celebration of his 72nd birthday on Nov. 17, 2016, we present these classic SI photos of “Tom Terrific” through the years.

Classic SI Photos of Mike Piazza

The greatest hitting catcher of all time, Mike Piazza, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 24, 2016. Piazza finished his career with a .308 batting average, 427 home runs and 1,335 RBIs in 16 seasons, mostly with the Dodgers and Mets. Here are some classic SI photos of the slugging catcher through the years.

Classic SI Photos of Roberto Clemente

A 12-time All-Star, Roberto Clemente also won 12 Gold Gloves, two World Series titles, four batting titles and the 1966 NL MVP award. The Puerto Rican star's abilities as a player — his sensational throwing, his acrobatic fielding, his relentless hitting (.317 lifetime average) — overpowered the prejudice against Latin American players. On Dec. 31, 1972, he insisted on flying to Nicaragua to deliver supplies to victims of an earthquake, but his plane crashed and he died at just 38. A few months after his death, Clemente, whose 3,000th hit on Sept. 30, 1972, turned out to be his last, was elected to the Hall of Fame. We present these classic SI photos of Pittsburgh's legendary rightfielder, who was born on Aug. 18, 1934.

Classic SI Photos of Rollie Fingers

The best closer of a very different time, Rollie Fingers threw more than one inning in 62 percent of his saves. Although he is best remembered for his neatly groomed handlebar mustache, the seven-time All-Star and 1974 World Series MVP with Oakland won both the AL Cy Young and MVP awards in 1981 with Milwaukee. That certainly helped him become just the second reliever ever elected to the Hall of Fame. In celebration of his 70th birthday on Aug. 25, 2016, we present these classic SI photos of Rollie Fingers.

Classic SI Photos of Elgin Baylor

Hall of Fame forward Elgin Baylor earned All-American honors at Seattle University before spending 14 seasons with the Lakers, where he posted career averages of 27.4 points and 13.5 rebounds. The first overall pick of the 1958 NBA Draft won Rookie of the Year made 11 All-Star teams. In celebration of his 82nd birthday on Sept. 16, 2016, we present these classic SI photos of Elgin Baylor.

Classic SI Photos of Whitey Ford

One of the top pitchers in Yankees history, Whitey Ford nabbed six World Series rings from 1950 to 1962. In 1961, Ford went 25-4 with a 3.21 ERA to win the Cy Young; he added World Series MVP honors in that year's Fall Classic against Cincinnati. Ford threw 14 shutout innings in the series, winning both his starts; his 32 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings in World Series play are a postseason record. Ford spent all 16 of his major league seasons with the Yankees, winning 236 games, the most all-time in franchise history. He was named to the All-Star team 10 times and led the majors in ERA twice (2.47 in 1956 and 2.01 in 1958). As Whitey Ford, nicknamed "The Chairman of the Board," celebrates his 88th birthday on Oct. 21, 2016, we presents 16 classic SI photos of No. 16 through the years.