Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Mullin's Mugs

Willard Mullin's genial, evocative illustrations of ball players in The Best of Red Smith (1963) are terrific. Mullin is best known for his creation of the "Brooklyn Bum," the lovable, lovelorn icon of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Mullin's faces here are a bit caricatured and seamed, and a few give the impression of having lasted to the end of an sixteen-inning game in the hot August sun. From a by-gone era:

Musial

Yogi

Williams

Mantle

Campanella

Maris
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