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Arthur Ashe tennis photo by Don Sparks

Arthur Ashe was the first Black selected to the United States Davis Cup team and the only Black man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open. Don shot this after an exhibition in Chicago

Bobby Hull hockey photo by Don Sparks

The 'Golden Jet' Bobby Hull on March 12, 1966, when he became the first to score 51 goals in a season. At an NSCC convention, Don went to get Bobby's autograph, and Bobby's agent ran to his car to bring back a copy of the Sports Illustrated story that contained Don's photos

Joe Louis boxing photo by Don Sparks

One of the greatest boxers of all time, Joe Louis' reign as world champion lasted almost 12 years and 26 fights. Here he is at a Golden Gloves boxing tournament

Floyd Patterson boxing photo by Don Sparks

Floyd Patterson was world heavyweight champion twice, and the youngest to win the title at 21. He won a Gold medal at the 1952 Olympics

George Foreman golf photo by Don Sparks

Two-time heavyweight champion George Foreman. This photo was taken at an exhibition at the opening of the Playboy Club in Lake Geneva, IL

Stan Mikita hockey photo by Don Sparks

Blackhawks captain Stan Mikita played for 21 seasons, and won the 1961 Stanley Cup with Bobby Hull

Arthur Ashe tennis photo by Don Sparks

Arthur Ashe in action at an exhibition in Chicago

Gordie Howe hockey photo by Don Sparks

Gordie Howe played 26 years in the NHL, 25 with Detroit, and then another 6 in the WHA

Betsy Nagelsen tennis photo by Don Sparks

Betsy Nagelsen played on the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) tour for 21 years. She won the doubles title at the Australian Open twice

Muhammad Ali boxing photo by Don Sparks

Muhammad Ali during an interview for EBONY

Ebony skating photos by Don Sparks

EBONY article on Black skaters Richard Ewell III and Michelle McCladdie, the first black couple to win the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Arthur Ashe tennis photo by Don Sparks

Ashe JET cover

Floyd Patterson boxing photo by Don Sparks

Floyd Patterson signing autographs at Krochs & Brentano's

Johnny Bratton boxing photo by Don Sparks

Johnny Bratton was a welterweight boxer who had 87 fights. He was known for being 'flashy' and throwing money around. The physical damage caused him to spend time in a mental institution, after which he lived with his mother. In the 1980s, Bratton was sleeping in the lobby of Hyde Park's Del Prado Hotel, earning his place by running errands, before going into a nursing home

Bobby Hull hockey photo by Don Sparks

Bobby Hull photo that appeared in the March 1967 issue of SPORT magazine

Joe Louis boxing photo by Don Sparks

Joe Louis

Don Sparks Photography