Amadee Wohlschlaeger

Amadee Wohlschlaeger (3 December 1911 – 24 June 2014) was a 20th-century American sports cartoonist in St. Louis. He was known professionally as just "Amadee" as he signed his cartoons that way. He was long-time sports cartoonist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, in an era when newspaper sports pages usually featured a prominent cartoon as an essential element of their layout.[1] He drew the Weatherbird cartoon for over 49 years.[2]

Life and career

Wohlschlaeger was born on December 3, 1911 in St. Louis and grew up in the Carondelet neighborhood in the far south of that city,[1] where he developed a passion for drawing when a small child.[3] He did not attend high school (although he did later take art classes at Washington University), starting at age 14 at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where his father was a printer, as a copy boy earning $7.50 (about $107.15[4] in 2018 dollars) a week. In 1929 at age 17 he was hired into the paper's art department.[1]

In 1932, Wohlschlaeger took over as the artist for the Post-Dispatch's Weatherbird, which was created in 1901 and remains in continuous daily use. He was the fourth artist to draw the Weatherbird. Wohlschlaeger drew the Weatherbird, usually accompanied by a pithy observation on current events, for almost fifty years, from 1932 to 1981. His Weatherbird marked D-Day, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and many other notable events.[1]

Wohlschlaeger drew his first sports cartoon for the paper in 1936.[1] Among his contributions was his "Cardinals Camp Capers" cartoon, sent in from spring training.

In 1939 he filled in as the Post-Dispatch's editorial cartoonist, drawing caricatures of Hitler and Mussolini as well as local politicians.[1]

Wohlschlaeger drew many covers for the Sporting News, which was then produced in St. Louis and known as "The Baseball Bible".[1][5] He also drew covers for University of Missouri football programs for over thirty years,[6] and covers for the annual St. Louis Baseball Writers dinner.[5]

He was using a technique largely forgotten today. It was Ebony graphite and pencil on something called social board... Amadee actually learned a lot of this stuff from cartoonists in the 1890s. So you can make a direct line back from Amadee to 19th century newspapering almost.

— Dan Martin, Post Dispatch cartoonist dies at 102[7]

Wohlschlaeger retired in 1981.[8] He was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.[6]

Wohlschlaeger was married to Violet Wohlschlaeger; they had a son, Amadee Wohlschlaeger Jr.[9] Wohlschlaeger died June 24, 2014 in St. Louis County.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Michael D. Sorkin (June 25, 2014). "Amadee dies at 102; Weatherbird artist was one of the last of the great sports cartoonists". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
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  3. ^ "Amadee". Mathis Jones Communications. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  4. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Dick Kaegel. "Renowned St. Louis cartoonist Amadee dies at 102". Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Inductee – Amadee Wohlschlaeger". Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  7. ^ Patricia Clark (June 25, 2014). "Post Dispatch cartoonist dies at 102". Fox2. KTVI. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  8. ^ "Amadee Wohlschlaeger's Weatherbirds". StL Today. St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  9. ^ "Services set for artist Amadee Wohlschlaeger". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. June 25, 2014. Retrieved September 4, 2016.


  • Reidenbaugh, Lowell (1983). Take Me Out to the Ball Park. Illustrated by Amadee. Sporting News. ISBN 978-0892041015.
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Amadee may refer to:

Amadee Wohlschlaeger (1911–2014), American cartoonist known professionally as just "Amadee"

Amadee J. Van Beuren (1880–1938), American film producer

Jean-Amédée Gibert (1869–1945), French painter, architect, and curator

Joseph Amadee Goguen (1941–2006), American computer scientist

F. Amadee Bregy, namesake of the F. Amadee Bregy School

Lynn Amedee (born 1941), American football coach


Dan Martin (cartoonist)

Dan Martin is a 20th and 21st century American cartoonist.

Martin, a St. Louis native, was graduated from Lindbergh High School. At age 16, He worked at Six Flags Over Mid-America as caricaturist. He joined the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1980 out of the University of Kansas.Martin draws the Weatherbird for the Post-Dispatch. He is the sixth cartoonist to draw the Weatherbird, which debuted in 1901 and appears every day on the paper's front page. He is the second longest serving Weatherbird artist (after Amadee Wohlschlaeger), having taken over the strip in 1986. "Albert Schweitzer, who was drawing the Bird at the time, told me he was planning to retire" Martin recalls. "After I had practiced for about a year, we took 10 Weatherbird drawings of mine mixed in with 10 of Albert’s and showed them to editor Bill Woo, who couldn’t tell the difference... So I got the job."In 1987, Martin eliminated the cigar which had been emblematic of the character since its inception, He also restored the bird's beak to some degree (previous Weatherbird cartoonists had atrophied the beak to the point of a flat-faced Weatherbird).Martin also draws the weekly cartoon "Postcard From Mound City" for the Post-Dispatch editorial page ("Mound City" is a nickname for St. Louis, based on the nearby Cahokia Mounds).

Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame is located in Springfield, Missouri, United States. Founded by Springfield businessman John Q. Hammons in 1994, the Hall of Fame showcases over 4,000 items of sports memorabilia and exhibits related to Missouri amateur and professional athletics. The two-story, 32,000 square foot building also features a number of interactive presentations that allow visitors to experience auto racing in the NASCAR simulator, step into the batters box against a Major League Baseball pitcher, throw football passes, and much more. Adjacent to the Hall is the Legends Walk of Fame, a plaza-like outdoor setting featuring busts and statuary of notable Show-Me state sports figures honored with the yearly Legends Award.

S. Carlisle Martin

Samuel Carlisle Martin (1867–1932) was an American newspaper cartoonist and illustrator.

Martin was born in St. Louis on November 13, 1867, to John and Hattie Martin; John Martin was railroad agent. Martin had a twin brother (who also became a newspaper illustrator) and other siblings. He attended the School of Fine Arts at Washington University.

Martin was an illustrator for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and was the third cartoonist to draw that paper's Weatherbird, taking over from Oscar Chopin. He drew the strip (which continues to this day) from 1910 to 1932. Martin began the practice of having the Weatherbird comment on current events, and set the standards of six words maximum for the "birdline" (the Weatherbird's comments).

Assisted by reporter Carlos Hurd (who helped write the birdlines), Martin drew the Weatherbird until his death. He was succeeded by Amadee Wohlschlaeger (then just out of his teens), who went on to draw the strip for a half century.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is the major regional newspaper in St. Louis, Missouri, serving St. Louis City and County, St. Charles County, the Metro East and surrounding counties (roughly, the Greater St. Louis area). It is the only daily newspaper in the city. The publication has received 19 Pulitzer Prizes.The paper is owned by Lee Enterprises of Davenport, Iowa, which purchased Pulitzer, Inc. in 2005 in a cash deal valued at $1.46 billion.

The paper is sold at $2 daily or $4 on Sundays and Thanksgiving Day. The price may be higher outside adjacent counties and states. Sales tax is included at newsracks.


The Weatherbird is a cartoon character and a single-panel comic. It is printed on the front of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and has been in the paper continuously since 1901, making it the longest-running American newspaper cartoon and a mascot of the newspaper.

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