Joe Rao: How to See a Space Goat

In the old star atlases Capricornus is depicted by the figure of a sea-goat, combining the forequarters and head of a goat and the tail of a fish.



At this time of the year, with the major league baseball playoffs in full swing and the World Series right around the corner, I occasionally find myself thinking about the legendary sports cartoonist, Bill Gallo.

It might seem strange to start off a column on stargazing in this way, but let me explain:

Gallo, who passed away last year at the age of 88, wrote for many years in the "New York Daily News" and his daily cartoons were one of the highlights of the paper. But it was during the World Series that Gallo's cartoons would get a lot of attention. 

After each game, he would sketch caricatures of two ballplayers: the hero and the "goat." Gallo would draw a pair of overly large goat horns protruding from out of the head of the unlucky player who got the goat designation.

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