Willard Mullin is one of my favorite all-time favorite sports artist, so whenever I run across some of his work I just can't help but share it here. For instance, Mile High Card Co's current August 2014 auction includes an original drawing of Mullin's Brookyn Dodger "Bum" leaning over a bewildered gentleman who represents the Cardinals. It is titled "the Diagnostician." See it above, and check out the auction here.
This particular drawing appeared in the June 28, 1950 edition of the Sporting News (which you can see below). Click on any pic to embiggen.
At this point in the season the Dodgers and Cardinals were still battling it out in the National League. The Dodgers were holding on to a half game lead over the Phillies and a game lead over the Cardinals. Unfortunately, the season wouldn't finish like that. The Phillies would go on to win the NL, but lost to the Yankees in the World Series, four straight.
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