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Willard Mullin, cartoonist creator of Brooklyn Bum, gets fresh look

Willard Mullin, cartoonist creator of Brooklyn Bum, gets fresh look

It was a taxi driver who inspired Willard Mullin's most indelible creation. Mullin was leaving Ebbets Field one night during the 1938 season, after watching the Brooklyn Dodgers drop another one, when he jumped into a cab. "How did our bums do today?" the driver asked. Mullin's Brooklyn Bum became the pencil-and-ink symbol of the perennial underdog franchise: He sported three-day stubble, a crumpled fedora, patchwork pants and an ever-present stogie. When the Dodgers finally defeated their archrivals, the pinstriped New York Yankees, in the 1955 World Series, Mullin depicted an exultant Bum being taken away in a straitjacket yelping, "We dood it! Woil'...

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