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    37 Stunning Photos That First Appeared In Sports Illustrated

    Over the years, photographers for the magazine have captured the greatest moments in sports.

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    Sports Illustrated this week laid off its six remaining staff photographers, and said it will rely on freelancers.

    "There was a decision made through the company to restructure various departments, including at Sports Illustrated," Sports Illustrated director of photography Brad Smith told the National Press Photographers Association. "Unfortunately economic circumstances are such that it has cut the six staff photographers."

    Robert Beck, Simon Bruty, Bill Frakes, David E. Klutho, John W. McDonough, and Al Tielemans were told of the decision on Thursday.

    The magazine has been known for its iconic sports photography. Following is a sampling of the work staff photographers have done through the years:

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    Babe Ruth in 1935.

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    (L) Hank Aaron in 1957. (R) Michael Jordan in 1987.

    Chuck Solomon/Sports Illustrated / Getty Images

    Derek Jeter in 1996.

    David E. Klutho/Sports Illustrated / Getty Images

    New York Rangers after winning the Stanley Cup in 1994.

    Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated / Getty Images

    USC football at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 2003.

    Brad Mangin/Sports Illustrated
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    (L) Barry Bonds hitting his 756th career home run in 2007. (R) Mark McGwire in 1998.

    Peter Read Miller/Sports Illustrated / Getty Images

    Reggie Bush at USC in 2005.

    Richard Mackson/Sports Illustrated / Getty Images

    Dan Gladden (L) and Greg Olson (R) in 1991.

    Hy Peskin/Sports Illustrated / Getty Images

    Tony DeMarco (foreground) and Carmen Basilio (background) in 1955.

    Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated / Getty Images

    X Games in 2005.

    Richard Mackson/Sports Illustrated / Getty Images

    Joe Montana during Super Bowl XXIII.

    Hy Peskin/Sports Illustrated / Getty Images

    Celtics vs. Pistons in 1955.

    Matt Goins/Sports Illustrated / Getty Images

    Jockey Robby Albarado in 2006.

    Tom DiPace/Sports Illustrated
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    Ken Griffey Jr.

    Thomas Witte/Sports Illustrated / Getty Images

    High school football player Bobby Martin in 2005.

    Heinz Kluetmeier/Sports Illustrated / Getty Images

    (L) Michael Phelps and (R) Serbian Milorad Cavic during the 2008 Summer Olympics.

    George Tiedemann/Sports Illustrated / Getty Images

    Diego Maradona during the 1986 World Cup Final.

    Greg Nelson/Sports Illustrated

    Dwight Howard during the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 2008.

    John W. McDonough/Sports Illustrated / Getty Images

    Nate Robinson during the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 2009.

    Bob Rosato/Sports Illustrated / Getty Images

    Ricky Williams in 2009.

    David Bergman/Sports Illustrated / Getty Images

    Penn State fans wearing all white in 2007.

    Lou Capozzola/Sports Illustrated / Getty Images

    Wayne Gretzky after his final game in 1999.

    Walter Iooss Jr./Sports Illustrated / Getty Images

    John McEnroe in 1980.

    Al Tielemans/Sports Illustrated / Getty Images

    Randy Moss at Marshall University in 1997.

    John W. McDonough/Sports Illustrated / Getty Images

    North Carolina vs. Michigan State in 2011.

    Richard Mackson/Sports Illustrated / Getty Images

    Kristi Yamaguchi during the 1992 Winter Olympics.

    Manny Millan/Sports Illustrated / Getty Images

    Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson in 1997.

    John G. Zimmerman/Sports Illustrated / Getty Images
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    (L) Canadiens vs. Rangers in 1957. (R) Bill Laimbeer and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1988.

    Bill Frakes/Sports Illustrated / Getty Images

    Usain Bolt in 2008.

    Heinz Kluetmeier/Sports Illustrated / Getty Images
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    (L) Pete Rose in 1975. (R) Manny Ramirez in 2007.

    David E. Klutho/Sports Illustrated / Getty Images

    Rudi Völler and Jürgen Klinsmann in 1990.

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    Jackie Robinson sliding into home in 1948.