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NFL Newspaper Cartoon Drawing 1954 Rams v. 49ers, Cal v. Ohio State by Lee SusmanGo Back
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Lee Susman, an award-winning cartoonist whose drawings graced the Oakland Tribune sports pages for more than 35 years. The Emeryville resident was 94 when he died. Susman’s cartoons depicting local college and pro football teams, baseball teams and basketball teams appeared in the Tribune from 1946 until his retirement in 1983.
Susman was inducted into the PCL Hall of Fame in 2008. “Cartooning was just something I loved to do, and I was lucky enough to make a decent living at it,” Susman told former Tribune columnist Dave Newhouse for a 2007 article. “And it’s nice to be recognized; an ego trip.” Leland “Lee” Stanford Susman was born in San Francisco on July 27, 1917. Susman was a self-described “sports nut,” who began working for an advertising agency in 1937.
In 1939, Susman won a competition to draw a comic strip for the San Francisco Call-Bulletin newspaper. After spending five years in the Navy during World War II, the Tribune hired Susman as a sports cartoonist. That year, he created “The Lil’ Acorn,” the Oaks’ mascot.
Presented is a very creative original cartoon created by Lee Susman for the Oakland Tribune. The black and white art from 1954 is presented is in the form of three separate vignettes. Two are related to college football with the top portion showing the guys Cal (University of California) & Pappy (Waldorf) from the PCC taking over the Big Ten suite room in Columbus, Ohio. That year, Cal lost to the Buckeyes 13-21.
The bottom right vignette showcases the matchup between Illinois and Stanford. Stanford won that matchup in 1954 12-2. Lastly, we move to the bottom left with the Rams facing off against the 49ers on the Rams turf. The art measures 14.5″ x 16.5″ on paper board.
NFL Newspaper Cartoon Drawing 1954 Rams v. 49ers, Cal v. Ohio State