Posted May 11, 2011 by DJ Enuff in Sports

NY Daily News cartoonist passes at 88


Ny Daily News cartoonist and columnist, Bill Gallo, passed Tuesday at the age of 88 from complications due to pneumonia. He is well known for his cartoon characters like NY Yankees owner George Steinbrenner as General Von Steingrabber. He worked for the paper for over seven decades. Cartoon illustrations are available for his greatest moments. Read the excerpt, courtesy espn:

“His death closed a chapter in the storied history of The News,” said Daily News chairman and publisher Mortimer Zuckerman. “The passing of our great cartoonist, colleague and friend Bill Gallo marks the end of an era.”

Gallo profiled in ink and sometimes in words most of the great sports figures of the past century, going back to Jack Dempsey, Man O’ War, Jesse Owens and Dizzy Dean and his St Louis Cardinals’ Gas House Gang. The latter were his secret heroes, he told The Associated Press in an interview in 2000, secret because he devoted a lifetime at a drawing board to amusing New York’s rabidly loyal sports fans.