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Willard Mullin Original Art “Balloon Ascension?” feat. New York Giants Leo DurocherGo Back
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Willard Mullin created the infamous “Brooklyn Bum.” His character became synonymous with the Brooklyn Dodgers. This Brooklyn Dodger Bum, was born in 1937 as a taxi driver took Mullin back to the office after a Dodgers baseball game at Ebbets Field. The driver asked: “How’d our bums do today?” Thus the birth of the “Bum.” He created other figures to symbolize other teams.
Mullen created more than 10,000 illustrations that appeared in the New York World-Telegram six days a week from 1934 until the paper closed in 1966. His work also appeared in ads, yearbooks, programs and such magazines as The Saturday Evening Post, TIME, and LIFE. Willard Mullin was named “Sports Cartoonist of the Century” by the National Cartoonists Society. He would give his work away to players and fans alike. One of these hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Presented in this offering here is a Willard Mullin hand-drawn original artwork (16×22) that features the 1955 New York Giants who had recently won the World Series (’54). Leo Durocher is drawn holding the team as a balloon during Spring Training. It was titled on the top border, “Balloon Ascension”. Signed by the artist near one of the caricatures. Overall, a magnificent piece of baseball history.