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Earvin "Magic" Johnson
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Ruebsamen, James
Date Created and/or Issued
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Used in the Exhibit: Play by Play - A Century of L.A. Sports Photography, 1899-1989.
When Earvin "Magic" Johnson arrived in Los Angeles in 1979, he had won at every level: his high school team took the state championship and his Michgan State team the NCAA title. With his irrepressible grin and no-look passes, he transformed the Lakers into instant, perennial winners: the Lakers took five NBA crowns with Johnson at point, before he retired in 1991 after being diagnosed with HIV. Photograph dated May 12, 1985.
1 photographic print :b&w
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box Basketball
Johnson, Earvin,--1959-
Los Angeles Lakers (Basketball team)
Basketball--United States
Basketball players--United States
Basketball teams--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Herald-Examiner photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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