Every year, ESPN The Magazine's "Body Issue" allows sports fans the opportunity to view athletes in an entirely different light. In 2013, the magazine's most polarizing issue will be highlighted by an appearance from 77-year-old golfer Gary Player, according to USA Today's Chris Strauss.
Household names like San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall and New York Mets ace pitcher Matt Harvey joined Player in the 2013 Body Issue.
But fans of the annual edition, which will hit newsstands Friday, according to Ethan Sacks of the New York Daily News, will have to wait to see many of the big names in the buff. For now, a handful of preview images have been released, featuring Player, 21-year-old Scottish golfer Carly Booth and Harvey.
A native of South Africa, Player won nine majors from the late 1950s to late 1970s, including three Masters championships.
Player, seen here holding an enormous golf ball, is the oldest athlete ever to be featured in the Body Issue, according to Strauss.
While Player's brilliant career is behind him, Booth's is just beginning. The Comrie, Scotland, native turned 21 this summer, and she already has two wins on the Ladies European Tour.
Here, Booth shows off one of her five tattoos. Those familiar with Shakespeare should recognize this famous quote: “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”
This year's issue isn't all about the past and present stars of golf. Harvey, a breakout pitcher, also shed his uniform for ESPN.
The 24-year-old is off to a 7-2 start this season with the Mets, boasting a 2.35 ERA to go along with 147 strikeouts through his first 130 innings pitched this year.
This summer's Body Issue, which is sure to stir up plenty of buzz as always, will also feature Denver Nuggets star Kenneth Faried, drag racer Courtney Force, UFC superstar Miesha Tate and professional snowboarder Elena Hight, among others.
According to Sacks, there will 20 athletes featured throughout this year's issue.
All photos via ESPN The Magazine.
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