Ballet For Dorks: The Awkward Beauty Of Bowling

Bowling is a ritualized behavior that requires strength, coordination and an often decidedly idiosyncratic technique in order to aestheticize a communally sanctioned exposition of controlled violence. Orrr . . . maybe it's just a fine example of the sort of loud, explosive fun that humans sometimes get up to indoors.… » 10/23/13 9:37am 10/23/13 9:37am

The Black Power Salute That Rocked The '68 Olympics

Forty-five years ago, on Oct. 16. 1968, U.S. sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos stood atop the medal podium at the Olympic Games in Mexico City, bowed their heads and raised black-gloved fists during the playing of the American national anthem. Millions of their countrymen were outraged. As in bug-eyed,… » 10/15/13 2:25pm 10/15/13 2:25pm

Bill Eppridge Is Dead. His Photos Will Never Die

Bill Eppridge, one of the greatest photojournalists who ever picked up a camera, a longtime LIFE and Sports Illustrated photographer and the man behind the harrowing, iconic picture of a fatally wounded Robert Kennedy lying in a pool of blood in a Los Angeles hotel kitchen in June 1968, died on Thursday in Connecticut. … » 10/04/13 11:43am 10/04/13 11:43am

Ali In Exile: The Once And Future Champ Clowns In NYC, 1968

For several years in the late Sixties, while (largely) lesser fighters vied for the heavyweight title and while his great nemesis Joe Frazier was powering his way through the ranks, Muhammad Ali was effectively in exile. Barred from the prizefighting ring for refusing induction into the Army ("War is against the… » 10/02/13 12:40pm 10/02/13 12:40pm

I Say, Old Chap ... Gooooaaaallll!

Low-grade World Cup fever is affecting billions of people around the globe right now, and it's only going to get worse in the run-up to next year's tournament in Brazil — a spectacle that might be one of the most chaotic and woefully under-planned FIFA events in history. Yippee! Hardly immune to this particular fever,… » 8/14/13 9:11am 8/14/13 9:11am

Keep on Joustin’ in the Free World

It lasted roughly a thousand years (give or take a few centuries). It generated mind-boggling advances in science, technology and medicine. It saw magnificent cathedrals rise at Chartres, Salisbury and scores of other cities and towns. It witnessed the first rumblings of a kind of proto-democracy in England and… » 7/24/13 9:25am 7/24/13 9:25am

Extra! Ali Throws Punch, Hurts Man!

When Muhammad Ali beat Sonny Liston in their May 1965 title-bout rematch in Lewiston, Maine, a legend was born. Or, more accurately, a legendary controversy was born. Ali (who ditched his Cassius Marcellus Clay "slave" name for his Elijah Muhammad-sanctioned Muslim moniker after defeating Liston in their first title bout … » 7/17/13 11:32am 7/17/13 11:32am

Hey, the All-Star Game Is Finally Here! I Said, the All-Star Game Is…

No one who was playing professional baseball the year that I last watched an entire All-Star Game from start to finish is still playing today. Not one single player. Which is a fancy way of saying that I haven't watched an All-Star Game in decades. Now, I understand that literally hundreds of baseball fans are thrilled … » 7/16/13 10:51am 7/16/13 10:51am

Picture This: Do the Bucs Stop Here?

This summer in Pittsburgh, the Pirates are messing with peoples' hearts again. After countless seasons of sub-.500 finishes, occasional spurts of excellence followed by long stretches of crappy play and, saints preserve us, a decades-long slog of mediocrity unmatched in the majors since ... well, ever, the Bucs are (as … » 7/10/13 9:55am 7/10/13 9:55am

Remembering Miss America When America Was American

Beauty pageants are marvelous entertainments, except when they're profoundly offensive, cringe-inducingly awful displays of objectification and spooky double-sided tape mojo. But why quibble? Can't they be both? Can't we simply enjoy the spectacle, especially if we're gazing back at it through the scratchy,… » 7/04/13 12:24pm 7/04/13 12:24pm

Picture This: Little Leaguers Want Their Pants

Most everyone who has ever played a sport — even those of us who never played at a level beyond, say, high school basketball, football, baseball, soccer — most of us can recall at least one time, before a game, when everything just felt right. Maybe there was something in the air, or there was a look in the eyes of… » 7/02/13 2:52pm 7/02/13 2:52pm

Wilt And Phog, Two Jayhawks Passing In The Night

Forced to retire at 70 years old, Phog Allen landed one last recruit: a tall kid out of Philadelphia named Wilt. Allen coached Chamberlain for one year, on Kansas's freshman team, but it was Dick Harp who led Chamberlain and company to the triple-overtime 1957 title game against UNC, by some tellings the greatest… » 4/02/12 6:35pm 4/02/12 6:35pm

Never-Before-Seen Spring Training Photos Of Yogi Berra And The '61…

Before the start of the 1961 baseball season, which ended with the Yankees' 19th World Series title, LIFE Magazine gave a camera to 25-year-old Yankee shortstop Tony Kubek and asked him to take portraits of his teammates. He shot Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Roger Maris, Whitey Ford, and others at the team's spring… » 10/20/11 11:45am 10/20/11 11:45am

Cool Never-Before-Seen Ali-Frazier Photos, 40 Years After The Fight Of …

On March 8, 1971, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier fought in what was billed as the "Fight of the Century" at Madison Square Garden. LIFE has put together a gallery of photos taken by a 24 year-old staff photographer named John Shearer 40 years ago; the majority of his photos were never published until now. There's a look… » 3/08/11 11:00am 3/08/11 11:00am