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Mangin puts the "I" in Sports Illustrated

By Dave Del Grande, Staff writer.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area.

FOR A GUY who has had eight photos grace the cover of Sports Illustrated and others hung in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Fremont native and current Pleasanton resident Brad Mangin got a special pleasure from a recent blurb in the Fresno Bee.

Asked about a bone-rattling, fumble-producing tackle on Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge and the two-page spread SI devoted to Mangin's shot of the season-opening play, Cal linebacker Zack Follett was quoted as saying: "The picture was floating around the locker room. One of the equipment guys who has been around for years said that's one of the top pictures in Cal history."

"A lot of people see your stuff," Mangin noted, "but you almost never hear about it. It was nice to read that."

The 2006 Ohlone College Alumnus of the Year [emphasis added], Mangin reflected on his "dream job" en route to Boston to work the World Series.

On how he became a photographer: "I wanted to be the next Al Michaels, but my voice wasn't good enough."

On working for "The National": "The best job I will ever have. I was 25 and got to shoot the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals and the World Series. It lasted exactly one year."

On his favorite sport to shoot: "Baseball. I love the unpredictability. You have to know the game—the batters, the pitchers … There's a lot of luck, but a lot of it is anticipation."

On the pressure of the job: "There's a ton of pressure, especially when we're working for (SI). They spend a ton of money, then it's just for one or two pictures in the magazine, so they have to be good. Watching Barry Bonds go for the record … It went on and on, but you were always worried because when he does it, you can't miss. You can't be out of focus."

On Bonds in general: "Three of my eight (SI) covers are Bonds. He's the single-greatest baseball player I ever saw with my own eyes. No photographer in this country has as many shots of him as I do—and I own them all."

His World Series pick: "Red Sox in five. They've got their swagger back."

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