Sports Cartoonist Bill Gallo Passes Away
By Leeds Mobley
Sports cartoonist and writer Bill Gallo died in May.
NEW YORK--The glitter of the sports world has been dimmed with the passing of Bill Gallo, whose masterful illustrations graced the pages of both The Medical Herald and The Spiritual Herald for more than two decades. He died in May—at the age of 88.
Gallo was a one-man institution for 50 years at the Daily News where his gifted cartoons thrilled and delighted millions of sports fans.
Hugh Wyatt, editor and publisher of The Herald, said: “Bill will be missed, but his great art will live on because we have an extensive amount of his cartoons in our archives. His cartoons will continue to appear with the sports columns that associate editor Tom Toolen writes for us, and they are both timeless and timely.”
Wyatt said Gallo, a sports star in his own right, was kind enough to draw cartoons for us at a reduced rate for the two papers at their launch, primarily because the staffers were all old-fashioned newspaper men and women from The Daily News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The AP and other major media.
Wyatt, Toolen and The Herald’s managing editor Don Flynn all worked for the Daily News and met Gallo, who was a legend to generations of journalists and sports fans in New York and around the country.
Gallo covered every sport, from doing caricatures of world championship boxing champions and World Series heroes to Triple Crown horse race winners and baseball legends like Joe DiMaggio and Yogi Berra.Read More