Sweet Shots

March 21, 2005

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.

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COLOR PHOTOSPORTCLASSICBOOKS.COM NEIL LEIFER2005~Sweet, 86, was shooting at spring training this year, as usual.
COLOR PHOTOOzzie Sweet 1949~Ted Williams BOSTON RED SOX COLOR PHOTOOzzie Sweet 1954~Bobby Thomson MILWAUKEE BRAVES COLOR PHOTOOzzie Sweet 1954~Willie Mays NEW YORK GIANTS COLOR PHOTOOzzie Sweet 1962~Roger Maris NEW YORK YANKEES COLOR PHOTOOzzie Sweet 1962~Luis Aparicio CHICAGO WHITE SOX COLOR PHOTOOzzie Sweet 1964~Sandy Koufax LOS ANGELES DODGERS COLOR PHOTOOzzie Sweet 1967~Willie Stargell PITTSBURGH PIRATES COLOR PHOTOOzzie Sweet 1967~Whitey Ford NEW YORK YANKEES COLOR PHOTOOzzie Sweet 1967~Roberto Clemente PITTSBURGH PIRATES COLOR PHOTOOzzie Sweet 1967~Hank Aaron ATLANTA BRAVES COLOR PHOTOOzzie Sweet 1968~Lou Brock ST. LOUIS CARDINALS COLOR PHOTOOzzie Sweet 1970~Pete Rose CINCINNATI REDS COLOR PHOTOOzzie Sweet 2005~Randy Johnson NEW YORK YANKEES

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