Mullin was a jovial, party-loving artist, and his lifetime output of more than 10,000
illustrations appeared in the New York World-Telegram six days a week from 1934 until the paper closed in 1966, and in ads, books, magazines, and programs. His first job was with the Los Angeles Herald. He pictured teams in clever personifications : the Brooklyn
Bum, St. Louis Swifty (the Cardinals' riverboat gambler), and others. In 1971 he
was cited by the cartoonists' association as the sports cartoonist of the century.
|FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY|
|» December 20, 1978: Willard Mullin, 76, the nation's top sports cartoonist and creator of the "Brooklyn Bum," dies at Corpus Christi, TX. |