In a remarkable career that spans seven decades, from the 1940s to the present, Ozzie Sweet has taken more than 1,800 cover photos for magazines, including The Saturday Evening Post, TIME, Newsweek and SI. He is best known, however, for his iconic portraits of baseball stars, from Ted Williams to Sandy Koufax to Roberto Clemente to Randy Johnson. Since 1947 Sweet has been shooting players at spring training, and many of his best Grapefruit League photos are gathered in his new book, The Boys of Spring, written with Larry Canale. On these two pages we showcase Sweet's portraits of 12 baseball legends--and one legend in the making.
• For daily Web-only Leading Off galleries, go to SI.com/scorecard.COLOR PHOTOSPORTCLASSICBOOKS.COMNEIL LEIFER2005~Sweet, 86, was shooting at spring training this year, as usual.COLOR PHOTOOzzie Sweet1949~Ted Williams BOSTON RED SOXCOLOR PHOTOOzzie Sweet1954~Bobby Thomson MILWAUKEE BRAVESCOLOR PHOTOOzzie Sweet1954~Willie Mays NEW YORK GIANTSCOLOR PHOTOOzzie Sweet1962~Roger Maris NEW YORK YANKEESCOLOR PHOTOOzzie Sweet1962~Luis Aparicio CHICAGO WHITE SOXCOLOR PHOTOOzzie Sweet1964~Sandy Koufax LOS ANGELES DODGERSCOLOR PHOTOOzzie Sweet1967~Willie Stargell PITTSBURGH PIRATESCOLOR PHOTOOzzie Sweet1967~Whitey Ford NEW YORK YANKEESCOLOR PHOTOOzzie Sweet1967~Roberto Clemente PITTSBURGH PIRATESCOLOR PHOTOOzzie Sweet1967~Hank Aaron ATLANTA BRAVESCOLOR PHOTOOzzie Sweet1968~Lou Brock ST. LOUIS CARDINALSCOLOR PHOTOOzzie Sweet1970~Pete Rose CINCINNATI REDSCOLOR PHOTOOzzie Sweet2005~Randy Johnson NEW YORK YANKEES