The sports cartoon flourished as an art form during the middle of the 20th century. Many metropolitan newspapers had their own full-time cartoonists to decorate their sports sections, and feature syndicates employed the biggest stars. Murray Olderman is one of the last survivors of this vanished media species. But he was also different than most of his peers, in that he was trained as a journalist, and over the past 70 years (his career began in 1947), he wrote as often as he drew. As a nationally syndicated columnist, Olderman met and in many cases got to know most of the greatest sports personalities of the 20th century, going back as far as Jesse Owens and Babe Ruth, up to present-day superstars like Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant. The Draw of Sport
compiles, in art and text, over 150 of Olderman’s favorite personalities (of an estimated 6,000 potential subjects) from the sporting world. Each full-page illustration is accompanied by Olderman’s own personal reminiscences of those illustrious stars. Amongst the many names readers will recognize: Abdul-Jabbar, Ali, Berra, Chamberlain, Dempsey, Elway, Koufax, Lombardi, Mantle, Robinson, and Wooden.