Drawing A Crowd: Bill Gallo
This is the
sports book for all of you!
Bill Gallo is
the dean of sports cartoonists. He has been playing his unique trade for
the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS for more than 40 years. The son of a newspaperman
and a product of New York City, Gallo has won awards and accolades from a
who's who of critics and fans. His work has hung in the National Baseball
Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York.
Now, we have
DRAWING A CROWD by Bill Gallo with Phil Cornell (Jonathan David
Publishers, 368 pages, $35.00). With an insightful foreword by Pete Hamill,
this over-sized book is a collection of hundreds of Gallo's sports
cartoons - just a small sampling of the more than 14,000 he has done over
addition to the carefully and beautifully reproduced artwork, there are
all those wonderful reminiscences from Gallo on those he has broken bread
with through all the decades. They include influential names like Ali, Joe
D., Frank Sinatra, Casey Stengel, Joe Namath, Johnny Unitas, Joe Torre,
Donald Trump and on and on.
sub-title is "Bill Gallo's Greatest Sports Moments". In the
pages of this lively and lovingly done book, there are more than a few.
called "Fair Ball" focuses on sketches and commentary on women
in sports like Chris Evert, Billie Jean King, Dorothy Hamill plus
discrimination in sports with wonderful artwork and remembrances about
Jackie Robinson, Satchel Paige and others.
Chapter ten -
"A Goodbye to the Greats" is brief, but moving.
athletes include: Lou Gehrig, Jesse Owens, Roberto Clemente, Arthur Ashe,
Jim Valvano, Paul "Bear" Bryant, Walter Payton and others.
Comments by Gallo accompanying his artwork make this an especially
poignant part of the book.
The section on
Joe DiMaggio is funny and insightful. The cartoon on page 336 has the
language: "Hey, cartoonist, there's a guy here to see you . . .says
his name is Joe DiMaggio."
And the reply
by Gallo stooped over his drawing board is "Yeah, sure and Phil
Rizzuto's in the hallway with a herd of cows". Part of the
accompanying Gallo commentary is the following: "To be a friend of
this intensely private man, you had to obey a simple ground rule: leave
his personal life alone . . .even in his later years, Joe would drop by
the News to visit as I recorded in this illustration."
In the opening
to DRAWING A CROWD, Gallo muses, "I approach my job these days with
the same enthusiasm I had 40 years ago. I still worry about deadlines.
People tend to make a lot about age. I don't think of myself as an old
guy. I go at it as a jolly philosopher who looks skyward and says,
‘Don't bother me yet. I'm busy’."
That he is and
hopefully he will stay creatively busy for many years to come, turning out
these marvelous sports cartoons and writing commentary that is pure Gallo.
As Jimmy Breslin said, "Bill Gallo never phoned it in on a reader
once in his life."
through the pages of DRAWING A CROWD is to realize how on target Breslin
was and how wonderful Bill Gallo's work is.
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