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cartoonist , columnist

Murray Olderman, American columnist, cartoonist. Recipient Bert McGrane award Football Writers Association American, 1991; named to National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame, Salisbury, North Carolina, 1993, International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, Netanya, Israel, 1997.


Olderman, Murray was born on March 27, 1922 in New York City. Son of Max and Jennie (Steinberg) Olderman.


Olderman graduated from University of Missouri with a B.J. degree, Stanford University with a B.S. in humanities, and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism with a master's degree in journalism.


His artwork often accompanied the sports stories he authored. His art also has been used by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and hung above the Hall of Fame busts. (Recently, the Hall of Fame made all the artwork digital so it has to be accessed by visitors to the hall though electronic kiosks) Olderman aspired to be a sportswriter at an early age.

When he was in his teens, he wrote sports columns for a county weekly. He practiced drawing cartoons through trial and error. One of his drawings was first published in The Columbia Missourian during his junior year at the University of Missouri.

Olderman was hired by the McClatchy Newspapers of Sacramento as a sports cartoonist. Olderman's work appeared in 750 daily newspapers for the greater part of 35 years. His columns and cartoons were distributed by the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), a Scripps-Howard syndicate.

Olderman's employment with the NEA began in 1952. He became its sports editor in 1964. Executive editor in 1968.

And a contributing editor in 1971. Although he "retired" in 1987, he was active until the news service was overtaken by a larger corporation. He also founded the NEA All-Pro team in 1954, which ran though 1992.

It was considered the "Player's All-Pro team", since Olderman would poll NFL players to compile the team.


  • Olderman received the National Cartoonist Society Sports Cartoon Award for 1974 and 1978. He received the Pro Football Writers Association Dick McCann Memorial Award in 1979, which is considered to be the writer's wing of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Olderman was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame in 1993.

    In 1997 he was inducted to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Northwestern University Medill Hall of Achievement for 2014. Olderman is a longtime resident of Rancho Mirage, California.



President California Alliance for Mentally Ill, Sacramento, 1994-1995. Lieutenant Military Intelligence, United States Army, 1944-1945, European Theatre of Operations. Member National Cartoonists Society (Best Sports Cartoonist 1973, 78), Golf Writers Association American (Best Feature 1982), Pro Football Writers Association (Dick McCann award 1979, Best Feature 1983), Baseball Writers of America, Basketball Writers of America (Best Feature 1959), Football Writers Association American (president 1960-1961), Phi Beta Kappa.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: tennis, photography.


Married Nancy J. Calhoun, February 28, 1945. Children: Lorraine Imlay, Marcia Lynn, Mark.

Max Olderman

Jennie (Steinberg) Olderman

Nancy J. Calhoun

Lorraine Imlay Olderman

Marcia Lynn Olderman

Mark Olderman