This Old Chinese Figure Skater Has Smooth Moves, Awesome Facial Hair

In February 1946 readers of a popular weekly magazine were introduced to exactly the sort of scene Henry Luce likely had in mind when, a decade earlier, he and poet Archibald MacLeish crafted their famous prospectus for a publication initially called "The Show-Book of the World." The still-stirring opening lines of their … » 1/08/14 9:08am 1/08/14 9:08am

75 Years Ago NFL Players Looked Like This

"Pro football is almost a different game from college football," LIFE magazine helpfully informed its readers in October 1938. In those years, the biggest pro sports in America were baseball, boxing and horse racing; professional football barely registered on most fans' radar. But pro ball was making strides, and LIFE… » 12/17/13 10:08am 12/17/13 10:08am

A Face Only A Hockey Puck Could Love

Once upon a time, NHL goalies played without masks. Unsurprisingly, their faces often got all fucked up. In 1966, LIFE published an article, "The Goalie Is the Goat," that not only aimed to put a human countenance on "hockey's reviled and bludgeoned fall-guys," but featured a photo of what looked like a modern-day… » 12/11/13 9:15am 12/11/13 9:15am

The Badassest Rookie Linebacker The NFL Has Ever Seen

I was never a Bears fan, although I do admire the uniform — orange, black and white together just feels football-y, somehow — and I bawled like a crazy person while reading I Am Third and again while watching Brian's Song. (Damn you, James Caan. Damn you to tearjerking hell.) But recently I came across an old LIFE… » 12/04/13 9:17am 12/04/13 9:17am

How A Life Photographer Got This Ridiculous Shot Of 14 NFL QBs In 1961

"I had a local high school football team come to the studio every day for that week," photographer Ralph Morse, now 96 years old, tells Ben Cosgrove, "and we practiced all sorts of scenarios until we had one that worked—the guys in front tossing the ball underhand, the guys in back throwing overhand. We also set up a… » 11/27/13 9:50am 11/27/13 9:50am

The Kennedys And Their Goddamn Football, Fer Chrissake

Everyone's talking about JFK these days, and why not? He and his messed-up brothers from that twisted, doomed family certainly had style, even if the lads were — by and large — narcissists congenitally addicted to strange. Style. It's a slippery thing. Here, for example, is a picture of Jack tossing a football to his… » 11/15/13 2:11pm 11/15/13 2:11pm

This Guy Yells At Girls All Day, But It's Cool

In September 1965, LIFE magazine profiled a man named Bill Horan, a World War II vet who spent his days yelling at young women. That's not all he did, though. He also instilled the sort of character traits one might expect from a former paratrooper — tenacity, discipline, resilience — through cheerleading clinics he… » 11/13/13 9:36am 11/13/13 9:36am

Joe Frazier Was Cooler Than Ali. Discuss.

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Joe Frazier died two years ago today. Now is as good a time as any to pay tribute to the former champ through a single photograph that best captured the unbridgeable distance between the two premier fighters of the age — a picture made at the very moment when the rivalry between Ali and Smokin' Joe was coming into… » 11/07/13 9:57am 11/07/13 9:57am

Halloween Special: Madness! Torture! Applause!

The legendary Grand Guignol Theater in Paris was not a haunted house, but a serious dramatic enterprise that put on gruesome, faux-blood-splattered shows year-round for decades. It featured staged killings, mutilations and scenes of depravity and torture so realistic that audience members often fled the theater in… » 10/31/13 11:36am 10/31/13 11:36am

See Ya, Mick: The Best Photo Ever Taken Of A Great Athlete in Decline

All the recent hoopla around Mariano Rivera's retirement brings to mind other, crappier ways that famous athletes have elected to leave the game(s) they love. » 9/24/13 4:11pm 9/24/13 4:11pm

True Grit: College Football Photos That Feel Real

For some sports fans, fall is the season when baseball finally gets interesting. But for countless other maniacs, autumn is about one thing: football. College football. It doesn't really matter whether a school is in the SEC or the Big Ten; the Ivy League or Big Sky; Division I, II or III: when summer's over, every… » 9/04/13 9:57am 9/04/13 9:57am