The light really was different back then, at least in the lens of
Hy Peskin, whose black-and-white boxing photos walk the line
between reportage and film noir. (If he'd shot your driver's
license picture, it would probably be hanging in a museum.) Not
that Peskin and his colleagues struck out when color film came
along--their portraits of some ballyhooed boys of summer in their
first bloom show the Kid and Hammerin' Hank in a new light.
Some sports photographs are so good and so familiar--Willie going
B/W PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY HY PESKIN 1955 CARMEN BASILIO The welterweight champ leaps into the arms of his cornerman afterhis 12th round TKO of Tony DeMarco at Boston Garden.
B/W PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY NEW YORK DAILY NEWS 1954 WILLIE MAYS
deep, deep and deeper still to make the Catch, Version 1.0--that
they have practically become archetypes, treasured snapshots from
a family photo album we all share.
B/W PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY MARK KAUFFMAN 1955 JACKIE ROBINSON
B/W PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY AP 1956 PERFECT GAME
COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY MARK KAUFFMAN 1954 CHARLES VS. MARCIANO
COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY MAURICE JARNOUX 1954 LE MANS Drivers run to their cars in the race that starts France's mostfamous auto race.
B/W PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN SADOVY/TIME LIFE PICTURES/GETTY IMAGES 1954 ROGER BANNISTER
COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN G. ZIMMERMAN 1957 HANK AARON
COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN G. ZIMMERMAN 1958 UCLA VS. CAL
COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN G. ZIMMERMAN 1956 JACQUES PLANTE The Canadiens' goalie stares down onrushing Rangers at MadisonSquare Garden.
COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY HY PESKIN 1956 TED WILLIAMS
COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN G. ZIMMERMAN 1959 FRANK GIFFORD
B/W PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY HERB SCHARFMAN 1959 EDDIE ARCARO A bad end to the Belmont Stakes for Arcaro, who wasn't seriouslyinjured in this fall.