Friday, March 29, 2013

A Couple of Willard Mullin "Brooklyn Bum" Drawings at Auction

As I've written numerous times before, I can't stop enjoying the artistic works of Willard Mullin.  As you probably know, he was the sports editorial cartoonist who created the "Brooklyn Bum".  Currently, a couple of his original drawings are available for auction at Goodwin & Co., and I knew I had to share them with you in this post.  BTW, click on any pic to embiggen.

Below is an undated drawing that has been titled, "Now Pitching for Brooklyn," but based on the subject matter it is likely from mid-1947 or a little later.  As you'll see, it laments the loss of the pennant to St. Louis in 1946 - noting that some argue that the trade of Billy Herman to the Boston Braves handed the pennant to the Cardinals (they eventually won the World Series).  Later on, it addresses the mid-1947 trades of pitchers Kirbe Higbe and Hank Behrman to Pittsburgh as unwise.  After all, sending those pitchers away can only come back and bite us in the rear. In the end, Mullin suggest that there maybe a secret high-priced ace (the Dodgers received $100k in the trade with Pittsburgh) coming to the Dodgers, but screams out, "that will be the day!"

As we know today, the trades made at that time are closely related to the promotion of Jackie Robinson.  The team felt it necessary to rid the team of certain "southern" influences (to put it lightly) in hopes of making Jackie's transition to the team a little bit less taxing.  After all, it's bad enough that the opposition has it out for you, but your own teammates?  Well, Durocher, Rickey and O'Malley found a solution - ship them out of Brooklyn.
(Auction Link)

This next drawing is titled, "Duty Calls, 'Yoo Hoo'," and I don't quite get it.  Let me know if you have any idea what this drawing is all about.  At least the drawings are funny.  It is undated.
(Auction Link)

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