“Miracle on Ice” One of Many Acclaimed Sports Illustrated Photos on Display at
Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards
Baltimore, Md. – The Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation today announced the opening of a special exhibit displaying iconic sports photography from legendary photographer Neil Leifer. The exhibit opens on June 7 at Sports Legends Museum and runs through October 2014.
Leifer’s photography career has spanned over 50 years since becoming a professional as a teenager. Starting in 1960, his pictures regularly appeared in every major national magazine, including the Saturday Evening Post, Look, LIFE, Newsweek, Time and, most often, Sports Illustrated. Leifer has published 16 books, nine of which have been collections of his sports photographs. He has photographed 16 Olympic Games (seven winter, nine summer), four FIFA World Cups, 15 Kentucky Derbies, countless World Series games, the first 12 Super Bowls and every important heavyweight title fight since Floyd Patterson beat Ingemar Johansson to regain the title in 1960. He has photographed his favorite subject, Muhammad Ali, on almost 60 occasions - covering his biggest fights and over 30 one-on-one studio sessions.
“The Sports Legends Museum is delighted to showcase one of the world’s premiere sports photographers, Neil Leifer,” said Shawn Herne, Chief Curator of the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards and the Babe Ruth Birthplace. “From Alan Ameche’s game winning touchdown in the 1958 NFL Championship game to Team USA’s victories in the London Olympics, Neil Leifer has captured many of the greatest moments in sports. His work is the epitome of sports photography.”
The photography exhibit will be housed in the Museum’s Thomas Winstead, Jr. Gallery and feature 54 images including many of his memorable Sports Illustrated photos, such as Muhammad Ali’s 1965 knockout punch to Sonny Liston, Team USA’s victory over the Soviet Union in the 1980 Winter Olympics, the 1973 Preakness Stakes featuring Secretariat, and Alan Ameche’s 1958 Championship game touchdown.