Magic Johnson was the 1979 NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player, a 12-time NBA All-Star, and three-time MVP and Finals MVP. Magic led Michigan State to its first championship, and he not only won five titles with the L.A. Lakers but also rescued the NBA through his West-East rivalry with Larry Bird. He was named SI's 2nd-ever Sportsman of the Year Legacy Award winner in 2014, making him the first professional athlete to receive the prestigious honor. As he celebrates his 57th birthday on Aug. 14, 2016, we present these rare SI photos of Magic Johnson.
MLB legend Yogi Berra died at the age of 90 on Sept. 22, 2015. There were few players in American sports history to have ever been more beloved than Berra. He was a three-time AL MVP and a 10-time World Series champion during his playing career, all but four games of which were spent with the Yankees. As a manager he led the Yankees and Mets to World Series appearances. His greatest legacy may be as the man who contributed more unforgettable quotes than anyone in baseball history, most notably “It ain’t over 'til it’s over.” While he may not have said all the things attributed to him, it’s clear they contribute to a legacy that will last forever. In honor of his life, on the anniversary of his death, we present these rare SI photos of Yogi through the years.
Two-time AL MVP Roger Maris set an MLB record by hitting 61 home runs during the 1961 season for the New York Yankees, breaking Babe Ruth's single-season record of 60 home runs in 1927. Whether or not you are among those who consider Maris' 61 homers the "clean" home run record, it is still, 54 years later, the American League record. In recognition of Roger Maris, we present these rare SI photos of the slugging right fielder.
Following David Ortiz’s final game, a 4-3 loss to Cleveland in a three-game ALDS sweep, the fans at Fenway chanted "We're not leaving!" and "Thank you, Pa-pi!" for more than 10 minutes while the Indians celebrated their victory until the beloved slugger came back onto the field. Ortiz, a 10-time All-Star and MVP of the 2013 World Series, won three titles with the Red Sox, a team that had gone 86 years without a championship before his arrival in Boston but won three times in his 14 years with the team. We present these 34 rare SI photos of No. 34, one of the greatest designated hitters of all time, Big Papi.