Title: Drawing a Crowd: Bill Gallo's Greatest ...
Publisher: Jonathan David Pub, Middle Village, New York, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 2000
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition
**Absolutely collectible, **First Printing (full-#-line)** As New condition hardcover with a Fine Dust Jacket, price-clipped. Anybody who grew up in New York will recognize his normal day reading the sports section; great sports teams and not so great teams (from the Yankees, Giants and Dodgers to the baby Mets), from the thrilling football and hockey headlines, the greatest fights from the Garden, hero/goat from the World Series, etc. to the 4 th. power. Brilliant, funny, ironic, and a superb artist with his own unique style, Gallo captures these moments in sports better than any camera or writer that walked the planet. He is NYC and he is Sports. This is the ultimate volume of decades of memory. A fantastic collection!!! Foreword by Pete Hamill. Bookseller Inventory # 000756
Synopsis: Featuring hundreds of gems that delight the eye as well as the heart, Drawing a Crowd brings together the best of the work of distinguished New York Daily News cartoonist Bill Gallo. Laugh, ponder, even shed a tear as Bill, Basement Bertha, Yuchie, and the rest of the Gallo cast of characters relive the most memorable sports moments of the past forty years and share some little-known things about some very well-known people. Here, youll experience the magnificence of a Michael Jordan and the reticence of a Sandy Koufax, the fury of a Vince Lombardi and the dignity of an Arthur Ashe, the grace of a Nancy Kerrigan and the majesty of a Sugar Ray Robinson. In Drawing a Crowd, youll also come to know the personal Gallo: the eleven-year-old who suddenly lost a father; the resilient young man who landed a job as a News copyboy; the Marine who saw comrades fall on the black sands of Iwo Jima; the gentlemans gentleman who has earned the respect and friendship of the greats of our time. A voice of calm in a world of hype, Bill knows that the game is not about winning but about competing; that competing is not about thrashing ones opponent but about doing ones absolute best; that being a star athlete is not about amassing megabucks but about setting an example for our kids. No wonder, then, that Pete Hamill, in the foreword to Drawing a Crowd, writes: Bill Gallo is Bill Gallo and there will never be another Bill Gallo.
Peppered with the artists unique perspective, good-natured wit, and reminiscences on everyone from Ali to Joe D, Sinatra to Stengel, Torre to Trump, Broadway Joe to Johnny U, Drawing a Crowd demonstrates why Bill Gallo, long a New York secret, is truly a national treasure.
About the Author: BILL GALLO, the dean of the countrys sports cartoonists, has contributed his unique brand of art to New Yorks Daily News for the past forty years. His illustrations have been featured in The Sporting News and other publications, and several have hung in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. The son of a newspaperman and a product of New York, Bill joined The News in 1941, but left to serve in the Marines during World War II. After seeing action in the Pacific Theater, including the invasion of Iwo Jima, he rejoined The News and went on to chronicle some of the most memorable dramas of our time, on the field and off. His knowing observations and good-natured sense of humoroften expressed through his playful cast of cartoon charactershave not only won him a loyal following among the average guy but also the accolades of his peers: He has won ten Reuben Awards from the National Cartoonists Society, and in 1999 was given that groups lifetime achievement award. His boxing columns have earned him the James J. Walker and A. J. Liebling Awards. Bill Gallo and his wife, Dolores, reside in Yonkers, New York, and have two sons, Gregory and Bill Jr., and four granddaughters.
PHIL CORNELL has been a journalist for twenty-five years, working as a reporter, critic, editor, and freelance writer. Hes been a sports fan even longer, having followed Bill Gallos drawings since the 1960s. In 1993, Phil became a colleague of Gallos at the Daily News, editing copy for the papers features department. A native of New York City, he lives in Neshanic Station, New Jersey, with his wife, Diane, and children, Paige and Cameron.
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