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Robert Ripley

Robert Ripley (Cartoonist.  Born, Santa Rosa, CA, Dec. 25, 1893; died, New York, NY, May 27, 1949.)  The man who created the internationally-known “Believe It or Not,” Robert LeRoy Ripley came to New York as a sports cartoonist.  Ripley started his career in San Francisco as the Bulletin’s sports cartoonist in 1909.  In 1913, he […]

Burris Jenkins

Burris Jenkins (Cartoonist.  Born, Indianapolis, IN, Oct. 8, 1896; died, Hollywood, FL, Feb. 26, 1966.)  Although he came to be regarded as one of the top sports cartoonists in America during his 35-year career with the New York Journal and Journal-American, Burris Atkins Jenkins, Jr. came to that station in life by a circuitous route. […]

Leo O’Mealia

Leo O’Mealia (Cartoonist.  Born, LeRoy, NY, Mar. 31, 1884; died, Brooklyn, NY, May 7, 1960.)  On the day after the Brooklyn Dodgers won their first (and only) World Series in October 1955, the front page of the New York Daily News was adorned for the first time in its history with a cartoon, entitled “Who’s […]

Murray Olderman

Murray Olderman (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, Mar. 27, 1922.)  A multi-talented sportswriter, cartoonist, and executive, Murray Olderman filled all three roles with the Newspaper Enterprise Association for 18 years (1953-71).  Olderman was not only a nationally-known cartoonist and writer, but also became executive editor of the N.E.A.  He authored several books on sports such […]

Bill Gallo

Bill Gallo (Cartoonist.  Born, New York, NY, Dec. 28, 1922; died, White Plains, NY, May 10, 2011.)  Starting in 1960 as career that lasted over 50 years, William V. Gallo was one of the most popular sports cartoonists ever to work in New York and the proud torch-bearer of a long newspaper tradition.  With his marvelously […]

Tad Dorgan

Tad Dorgan  (Cartoonist.  Born, San Francisco, CA, Apr. 28, 1877; died, Great Neck, NY, May 2, 1929.)  Thomas Aloysius Dorgan was known universally as “TAD” for his signature on his sports cartoons. But more than a cartoonist, Dorgan was a sportswriter of some note and a phrasemaker who contributed much of the language and slang […]

Bil Canfield

Bil Canfield (Cartoonist.  Born, East Orange, NJ, Oct. 8, 1920.)  A brief turn in the art department of the Daily Racing Form and The Morning Telegraph started William Canfield on the road to sports cartooning.  Canfield had his career interrupted by three years’ service (1942-45) in World War II, during which he saw action in the […]

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