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Artist: Joe Brown

Two Athletes
Joe Brown, 1969
* big vertical people
* Was on the West side of Broad, just North of Montgomery. The building it was in front of has been expanded and now covers the space where it was
* 39.980800,-75.157650 [map]
* Exhibits: Athletic, Missing




Batter
Joe Brown, 1976
* big standing person wearing a helmet, baseball bat
* Originally on the walkway around Veterans Stadium until it was torn down in 2004. The last picture is from the original location. The inscription on the attached plaque is related to the history of the original location and not to the subject of the sculpture.
* inscription: Veterans Stadium hosted many concerts including Bruce Springsteen, Genesis, Madonna, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, The Who, Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, U-2, Billy Joel, Elton John, Dave Matthews and N'Sync. Other events included religious conventions, pro wrestling, Hero Scholarship Thrill Show, truck/tractor pull and closed circuit championship boxing.
* North side of the parking lot North of Pattison and East of Broad.
* 39.907350,-75.169800 [map]
* On the South Broad tour
* Exhibits: Athletic, Moved




Play at Second Base
Joe Brown, 1976
* big two people, one standing, one sliding, baseball glove, hats
* Originally on the walkway around Veterans Stadium until it was torn down in 2004. The last picture is from the original location.
* inscription:
The Phillies played at Veterans Stadium, 1971-2003. They reached the post-season seven times and won three National League Pennants (1980, 1983, 1993). The Phillies' greatest moment was winning the World Series over the Kansas City Royals, October 21, 1980, before 65,838 delirious fans at the Vet. Twice, the Phillies hosted the All-Star Game, 1976 and 1996, with the National League winning both games.
Following the last out of the 2003 season, the Phillies closed Veterans Stadium with an emotional Closing Ceremony that featured a parade of alumni and the 2003 team. Tug McGraw, who got the final out in the 1980 World Series win, threw the simulated last pitch. The date was September 28, 11,859 days after the first game, April 10, 1971.
Hundreds of youth from the area played at Veterans Stadium through numerous baseball programs, including the Carpenter Cup for high school players, Liberty Bell Classic and Bill Giles Cup for colleges and Philadelphia Recreation Department Games. The Home Run Derby championships were held there annually.
* North side of Pattison East of Broad.
* 39.905200,-75.170300 [map]
* On the South Broad tour
* Exhibits: Athletic, Moved




Punter
Joe Brown, 1976
* big standing person wearing a helmet
* Originally on the walkway around Veterans Stadium until it was torn down in 2004. The last picture is from the original location.
* inscription: The Philadelphia Catholic League football playoffs were held at the Vet during the 1970s and 1980s. South Philadelphia High School played a football game there in 1983. Soccer, including two pro soccer teams, the Fury and the Atoms, plus a World Soccer Exhibition in 1991, took place at the stadium.
* North side of the parking lot North of Pattison and East of Broad.
* 39.907575,-75.171500 [map]
* On the South Broad tour
* Exhibits: Athletic, Moved




Tackle
Joe Brown, 1976
* big people standing, football, helmets
* Originally on the walkway around Veterans Stadium until it was torn down in 2004. The last picture is from the original location.
* inscription:
Veterans Stadium was home to the Eagles from 1971 through two playoff games in January 2003. Biggest of their 11 playoff games at the Vet was a 20-7 win over the bitter rival Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Championship game before 70,696 roaring fans, January 11, 1981.
The Vet was home to another pro football team, the Philadelphia Stars, of the United States Football League. The Stars played there during the 1983 and 1984 USFL seasons. Included was one playoff game in their initial season.
Seventeen times the Army/Navy college football classic was played at the Vet. The stadium was home to Temple University football, 1974-2002. Among other college teams that made their appearances at the Vet were Notre Dame, Penn State, BYU, Villanova, Florida A&M, Howard University and Delaware State.
* North side of Pattison, East of Broad.
* 39.905440,-75.172125 [map]
* On the South Broad tour
* Exhibits: Athletic, Moved




Benjamin Franklin, Craftsman
Joe Brown, 1981
* Statue of Benjamin Franklin
* standing person, printing press
* inscription:
Presented to the
City of Philadelphia
by
Pennsylvania Freemasons
Dedicated June 27, 1981
by
The Grand Lodge Free and
Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania
* Northwest corner, Broad and JFK.
* 39.953700,-75.163550 [map]
* On the City Hall tour
* See also:
+Max Buten's picture of this piece
+The Electric Franklin


See Also

+wikipedia.org Joe Brown page