Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bill Gallo - Sports Cartoonist

Bill Gallo (1922-2011) passed away on May 10, 2011.
Although this is not a first day cover, I wanted to share a sketch I obtained in 1988...
Gallo was a sports editorial cartoonist for the New York Daily News, as well as being a boxing journalist.
Gallo received the National Cartoonist Society Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998, Page One Journalism Award from the New York Newspaper Guild (20-times), The Power of Printing Award, Elzie Segar Award as Outstanding Cartoonist 1975, NCS Sports Cartoon Award (10-times)..

Gallo's sports cartoons appeared daily in the New York Daily News providing a fresh look at sports not only from the New York teams, but from around the nation...

Galo created Basement Bertha who suffered for many years alongside the hapless NY Mets, Yuchie the average New York sports kid rooting for his favorite teams and General Von Steingrabber a take-off on the Yankees owner George Steinbrenner...

Gallo's art ranged from humorous to serious sketched portraits of sports celeberities. A few favorites seemed to be Ali and Casey Stengel...

My favorite memories of Gallo's cartoons were a special feature for the World Series. After each game Gallo would award a Hero and a Goat of the game..As I never expected the Yankees to lose, I took any Yankee being a goat to heart. As a kid I did not believe horns belonged on a Yankee cap...