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The Covers

Ozzie and Johnny U

by Larry Canale |

By the 1960s, Ozzie Sweet had developed a sterling reputation as an ace cover photographer and was in high demand. His total of magazine cover photographs had surpassed the 1,000 mark in the mid-1950s and he kept adding to his total as the new decade began. Sport magazine remained the anchor of his clients; he would continue providing perfect cover photos—warm,...


by Larry Canale |

Ozzie Sweet's distinctive work for Sport magazine beginning with a Bob Feller cover in April 1949 made him an in-demand photographer. He created the bulk of SPORT's covers from the late 1940s until the mid-1960s. Here's one of his true classics, one where he showed the viewer what it looked like to have Jackie Robinson...


by Larry Canale |

By 1945, the editors at Newsweek had become fans of young Ozzie Sweet, who since 1942—stationed at Camp Callan near San Diego—had been serving in the U.S. Army. As part of his communications duties for the Army, he was doing a lot of photography, and in the process submitted a number of war-related photographs to...


by Larry Canale |

Ozzie Sweet had such a distinctive style that, after looking at just a few examples of his cover photographs, you can start to pick them out. But not always. In late 1951 in his Connecticut studio, he was photographing a model for a smiling, happy photograph earmarked for one of his romance magazine clients. ...


by Larry Canale |

By the late 1960s, baseball knew that Mickey Mantle’s days as a player were numbered—there had been whispers that he'd retire before the previous two seasons. But it wasn’t until spring training started in 1969 that Mantle made it official, calling it quits on March 1. Sport magazine’s editors were ready to go with the perfect cover shot: an Ozzie...