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From Muhammad Ali and Mark Fidrych to Dennis Rodman and Shaun White

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Sports Covers: 78: Muhammed Ali

Photograph by Brian Hamill

The all-time great boxer was on the comeback trail after being stripped of his title for refusing military induction during the Vietnam War.

This article appeared in the March 18, 1971 issue of Rolling Stone. The issue is available in the online archive.

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Sports Covers: 238: Mark Fidrych

Photograph by Annie Leibovitz

Mark Fidrych

During his brief career, the baseball world was charmed by the kooky pitcher nicknamed "the Bird."

This article appeared in the May 5, 1977 issue of Rolling Stone. The issue is available in the online archive.

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Sports Covers: 264: Muhammed Ali

Photograph by Annie Leibovitz

Muhammad Ali

On the back end of his career, the fighter had just lost the heavyweight title to the upstart Leon Spinks.

This article appeared in the May 4, 1978 issue of Rolling Stone. The issue is available in the online archive.

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Sports Covers: 870: The Rock

Photograph by Mark Seliger

The Rock

The WWE wrestling star and Hollywood actor played on a national championship football team at the University of Miami.

This article appeared in the June 7, 2001 issue of Rolling Stone. The issue is available in the online archive.

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