Walt Ditzen

Meritorious Service

Walt Ditzen
City: Phoenix
State: AZ
Inducted: 1973

Ditzen created the popular Fan Fare cartoon which appeared in more than 200 newspapers in the United States and foreign countries. The three panel strip covered all sports, and two of his best known characters were Gutter Gus and Gutter Gussie, whose humorous and sometimes irreverent remarks about bowling gave Ditzen a wide following. He created a series of posters in 1957 for the National Bowling Council to fight a plague of slow bowling. The posters still are seen occasionally in bowling establishments.