Sports Illustrated's Slide Show
Miracle On Ice
Images from Sports Illustrated's new book, <i>Slide Show: How The Picture Tells Its Story, Secrets And Surprises From SI's Classic Photos</i> ... <br><br>Deep into the Cold War era, the top-ranked Soviets met the United States in what was sure to be an easy red-white-and-blue bashing. What happened was quickly dubbed the "Miracle On Ice" as the U.S. defeated Russia in the 1980 Olympic semifinals.
Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson
Before this match, Mike Tyson was known for being one of the toughest fighters around ... But this picture was taken right before he lost to Evander Holyfield via disqualification for the action he is perhaps most famous for: biting off a chuck of Holyfield's ear.
Hank Aaron Passes Babe
SI photographers were allowed on the field to photograph Hank Aaron as he was mobbed by teammates after breaking Babe Ruth's home run record with No. 715.
Michael Jordan Sinks Cavs
This iconic Michael Jordan photo captures him sinking a shot over Craig Ehlo to eliminate the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1989 NBA playoffs.
NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt on the track in 1980. More than two decades later, with a son about the age Earnhardt was in this picture, this shot was used in the SI special issue published to commemorate Earnhardt following his death in a crash at Daytona.
World Series Earthquake
In an image that was used on the cover of the SI issue headlined "The Day The World Series Stopped," Giants pitcher Kelly Downs carries his nephew to safety. An earthquake that struck just before game 3 halted the Series between San Francisco and Oakland for 10 days. This image also was used in a Cal Ripken Jr. commemorative issue years later.
Brandi Chastain Celebrates
Nike women's sports bras sales would skyrocket after this picture appeared on the cover of SI with Brandi Chastain celebrating after making the winning penalty kick in the 1999 World Cup. It was instant redemption for the defender, who scored on her own team accidentally on a pass-back gone wrong earlier in the game.
Nadio Comaneci Perfect
Nadia Comaneci scored the Olympic Games' first perfect 10s and won three gold medals in the 1976 Olympic Games -- a feat that has never been repeated.
Larry Bird vs. Michael Cooper
Clashing against Magic Johnson's team one more time, Boston Celtics star Larry Bird matches up against the Lakers' Michael Cooper in the 1987 NBA finals.
Jack Nicklaus Wins 1986 Masters
Jack Nicklaus shows off his form in his famous 1986 Masters Championship win.