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Sweet Shots

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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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2005~Sweet, 86, was shooting at spring training this year, as usual.

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1949~Ted Williams

BOSTON RED SOX

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1954~Bobby Thomson

MILWAUKEE BRAVES

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1954~Willie Mays

NEW YORK GIANTS

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1962~Roger Maris

NEW YORK YANKEES

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1962~Luis Aparicio

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

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1964~Sandy Koufax

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

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1967~Willie Stargell

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

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1967~Whitey Ford

NEW YORK YANKEES

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1967~Roberto Clemente

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

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1967~Hank Aaron

ATLANTA BRAVES

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1968~Lou Brock

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

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1970~Pete Rose

CINCINNATI REDS

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2005~Randy Johnson

NEW YORK YANKEES