- Dorothy Hamill, 1976
Bobby Orr, 1970
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Bobby Orr, 1970
This classic photograph taken as part of a photo essay on Bobby Orr for LIFE Magazine shows Orr in a moment of crisis as he helps goalie Gerry Cheevers deflect a lofted puck (visable upper left) from Boston’s Goal. In 1962 Zimmerman had been the first photographer to mount a remote controlled camera inside the hockey net to bring readers of Sports Illustrated a player’s view of the action. Zimmerman reprises this viewpoint in this photograph essay on Bobby Orr, tripping the camera with the use of remote controlled wires burried in the ice. Orr would lead his Bruins to a 4-0 Championship win against the St. Louis Blues later in 1970. It would be the Bruins first championship appearance since 1958.
The following excerpt is from Masters of Contemporary Photography Zimmerman & Kauffman Photographing Sports.
Some years later LIFE magazine invited Zimmerman to focus on Bobby Orr, the superstar of the Boston Bruins. Short of getting on the ice with Orr during a game–that definitely couldn’t be done–the best way of showing Orr’s agressive play was from the goalie’s viewpoint. Again, the John Zimmerman show went on the road. But as a defenseman Orr doesn’t make that many shots on goal. The asssignment was one long, exasperating wait. Zimmerman stalked Orr for six games before he finally got the picture on the next page. And again, disaster nibbled at the edges. One member of the visiting team practiced his slap shot by aiming at the camera so neatly tucked into the back of the net. The cap proved inadequate protection against a hard rubber puck traveling at 110 mph that, in one swift single hit, shattered the lens.
Although it will never be noted in any of the records of the National Hockey League, during his six days with Bobby Orr Zimmerman scored a goal against the Bruins. White tape had made the cameras blend into the background of the boards but there was no camouflage for the lenses themselves. Somebody took a shot during a game and the puck bounced off a goalpost and back into play. But the official skating by glimpsed a round black object in the net (the lens) and signaled a goal. The Bruins screamed and protested but the goal stood. ” I was not very popular since it cost them the game, 2-1,” says Zimmerman. I wasn’t forgiven until after they won the Stanley Cup.”
- Crew, 1961
- Bugaboos, 1970
Palmer & Nicklaus, 1962 US Open
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Changing of the Guard
In the 1962 US Open held at Oakmont Country Club Arnold Palmer led Jack Nicklaus with nine holes to go in the fourth round. Nicklaus tied it on the 13th hole, and the two remained deadlocked until the end of regulation.
In the 18-hole playoff the following day, Nicklaus jumped out to the lead on the first hole and built a 4-stroke lead after six holes, deflating the crowd and Palmer. In this photo, Nicklaus seems to stalk a downcast Palmer foreshadowing a shift in their golfing careers. Nicklaus went on to win by three strokes.
Palmer said in ensuing years that not winning the 1962 Open “was the biggest disappointment of my life.” He believed if he had beaten Nicklaus in the playoff he might have been able to hold Nicklaus off for a few more years.
- Arnold Palmer, 1960