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Exhibit: Athletic

Philadelphia Public Art depicting people involved in athletic activity or commemorating athletic events or careers. Some of these are of specific people, some are generic athletes, and one is of a fictional boxer. There are more baseball sculptures than anything else, and most of these pieces can be found at the stadium complex on the South Broad tour.







Old St. Mary's Bench
* small standing people, sitting and kneeling people, sports equipment, tools, water, plants, horse, horn, fish, umbrella, hats
* Medallions are set into the curved brick back of the bench.
* Just South of Old St. Mary's. West side of 4th, South of Locust.
* 39.945375,-75.148475 [map]
* On the Society Hill tour.
* Other exhibits: Unidentified, African American



The Wrestlers
F. Barbedienne, 1885
* small two people not standing
* Used to be located outside Memorial hall. The last picture is from that location.
* Parking lot entrance North of the Northeast corner of Horticulture Hall in the Horticulture Center. Horticulture Drive, East of Belmont.
* 39.984250,-75.209950 [map]
* On the West Park tour.
* Other exhibits: Moved
* See also:
+Max Buten's picture of this piece


Penn Athletic Club
1925
* small lion heads, standing people, athletic equipment
* West Wall. Northeast corner, 18th and Locust.
* 39.949300,-75.170750 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour.
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org entry for the building


Mitten Hall
1931
* standing, sitting and horizontal, partial people, musical instruments, sun, moon and stars, telescope, flying horse, castle, symbols
* Pictures have been significantly color altered to show detail. Owls carved at the corners and reliefs on the South wall are not yet pictured.
* West wall. East side of Broad, South of Norris.
* 39.981900,-75.156900 [map]
* On the Temple Campus tour.
* See also:
+Gerry Wilkinson's Mitten Hall page


Le Coureur
Germaine Richier, 1954 (designed)
* small running person
* Drexel University. South side of Market between 33rd and 34th.
* 39.955525,-75.190200 [map]
* On the Avenue of Technology tour.
* See also:
+article about this piece from drexel.edu
+wikipedia.org's Germaine Richier page
+Drexel University

Mr. Baseball
Harry Rosin, 1957
* Statue of Connie Mack
* standing person, piece of paper (scorecard?)
* Originally at Connie Mack Stadium. Moved to the entrance to Veterans Stadium until it was torn down in 2004.
* inscription:
Connie Mack's Sportsman's Creed
I promise to play the game to the best of my ability at all times.
I will always play to win. But if I lose I will never look for excuses which would detract from my opponent's victory.
I will always abide by the rules of the game on the diamond as well as in my daily life.
I will never gloat in victory or pity myself in defeat.
I will judge a teammate as an individual and never on the basis of his race or religion.
* East side of the parking lot East of Broad and North of Pattison.
* 39.906160,-75.168450 [map]
* On the South Broad tour.
* Other exhibits: New, Moved
* See also:
+phillyhistory.org 1957 picture of this piece outside Connie Mack Stadium
+michenermuseum.org's Harry Rosin page
+wikipedia.org Connie Mack page


John B. Kelly
Harry Rosin, 1965
* Statue of John B. Kelly
* seated person, boat, water
* This is the father of the Kelly for whom the drive was named
* inscription: Olympic Champion Singles 1920, Doubles 1920, Doubles 1924
* North end of the Reviewing Stands. River side of Kelly Drive.
* 39.986050,-75.201800 [map]
* On the Kelly Drive tour.
* See also:
+michenermuseum.org's Harry Rosin page
+wikipedia.org's Jack Kelly page

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]
* Other exhibits: Missing
* See also:
+wikipedia.org Joe Brown page


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.
* Other exhibits: New, Moved
* See also:
+wikipedia.org Joe Brown page


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.
* Other exhibits: New, Moved
* See also:
+wikipedia.org Joe Brown page


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.
* Other exhibits: New, Moved
* See also:
+wikipedia.org Joe Brown page

Score!
Gil Whitman, 1976
* two people, one standing, one kneeling, hockey equipment
* Was behind the Spectrum at Broad and Pattision. The Spectrum was demolished early 2011. Reinstalled 2012 in the current location. The picture is from the original location
* On the path from the parking lot behind Xfinity Live. Southwest of the Southwest corner of 11th and Pattison.
* 39.903800,-75.169900 [map]
* On the South Broad tour.
* Other exhibits: Moved
* See also:
+xfinitylive.com


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.
* Other exhibits: Moved
* See also:
+wikipedia.org Joe Brown page

Rocky
A. Thomas Schomberg, 1980
* Statue of Rocky Balboa
* standing person, boxing gear
* This statue has had several homes, including the top of the Art Museum steps and the Spectrum steps. It was moved to the current location September, 2006. The first picture is from the current location. The second picture is from the Spectrum.
* East side of the Art Museum. 24th and the Parkway.
* 39.965125,-75.179300 [map]
* On the Art Museum Grounds tour.
* Other exhibits: Favorites, Moved
* See also:
+Max Buten's picture of this piece
+schombergstudios.com
+imdb.com entry for Rocky
+Philadelphia Museum of Art

Athletics
George R. Anthonisen, 1983
* small vertical, horizontal people, helmets, other sports equipment
* Wall. Anita M. Carboni Ball Field. Northwest of the West corner, 63rd and Eastwick.
* 39.919940,-75.223150 [map]
* On the Southwest Philly tour.
* See also:
+ganthonisen.com


Arabesque and Layout
Cathy Hopkins, 1985
* small vertical people
* Behind an awning
* Wall. West side of 5th, South of Locust.
* 39.945675,-75.149975 [map]
* On the Society Hill tour.
* See also:
+Cathy Hopkins' Fleisher Art Memorial Faculty page
+Cathy Hopkins' Center City Karate Chief Instructor page

The Point
Rebecca Rose, 1985
* abstract group of parts of people, sports equipment
* High on the South wall. North of the Northwest corner of 26th and Master.
* 39.977350,-75.178325 [map]

Dr. J
Barney Bright, 1987
* Statue of Julius Erving
* standing person, basketball
* Was in front of the Spectrum at Broad and Pattison. The Spectrum was demolished early 2011. Reinstalled in the current location without the plaque. The picture is from the original location
* inscription:
Julius Winfield Erving II * Nine years captain of the 76ers * Captain of the 1983 World Champions * NBA Most Valuable Player 1981 * 11 Time NBA All Star * All Star MVP 1977, 1983 * Member of the ABA Champions 1974, 1976 * ABA Most Valuable Player 1974, 1976 * Five time ABA All Star * Athlete, Sportsman, Gentleman
* On the path from the parking lot behind Xfinity Live. Southwest of the Southwest corner of 11th and Pattison.
* 39.903900,-75.169800 [map]
* On the South Broad tour.
* Other exhibits: Moved, African American
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Julius Erving page
+xfinitylive.com


Roberto Clemente
Phil Sumpter, 1997
* Statue of Roberto Clemente
* small standing person, helmet, baseball bat, map of Puerto Rico
* inscription:
"Quiero que me recuerden como uno que dio todo lo que tenia para dar."
"I want to be remembered as someone who gave all that he had to give."
Roberto Clemente Walker
1934-1972
* Courtyard. Roberto Clemente Middle School. South side of Erie between Front and 2nd.
* 40.006575,-75.130000 [map]
* Other exhibits: African American
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Roberto Clemente page


Mike Schmidt
Zenos Frudakis, 2004
* Statue of Mike Schmidt
* standing person, helmet, baseball bat
* inscription: Phillies Hall of Fame Third Baseman 1972-1989
* Southwest entrance Citizens Bank Park. North side of Pattison East of Broad.
* 39.905000,-75.168150 [map]
* On the South Broad tour.
* Other exhibits: New
* See also:
+artist's picture of this piece
+zenosfrudakis.com
+wikipedia.org's Mike Schmidt page


Robin Roberts
Zenos Frudakis, 2004
* Statue of Robin Roberts
* standing person, hat, baseball glove
* inscription: Phillies Hall of Fame Pitcher 1948-1961
* Southeast entrance Citizens Bank Park. North side of Pattison East of Broad.
* 39.904900,-75.165850 [map]
* On the South Broad tour.
* Other exhibits: New
* See also:
+artist's picture of this piece
+zenosfrudakis.com
+wikipedia.org's Robin Roberts page


Steve Carlton
Zenos Frudakis, 2004
* Statue of Steve Carlton
* standing person, hat, baseball and glove
* inscription: Phillies Hall of Fame Pitcher 1972-1986
* Northwest entrance Citizens Bank Park. North side of Pattison East of Broad.
* 39.906990,-75.167790 [map]
* On the South Broad tour.
* Other exhibits: New
* See also:
+artist's picture of this piece
+zenosfrudakis.com
+wikipedia.org's Steve Carlton page



Wilt Chamberlain
Omri Amrany, 2004
* Statue of Wilt Chamberlain
* person kneeling, person jumping, basketballs and basket
* inscription:
The worth of a man is measured
by the size of his heart


Wilton Norman Chamberlain
August 21, 1936 - October 12, 1999

* Plaza. Southeast corner of the Wachovia Center. West side of 11th, South of Pattison.
* 39.900425,-75.171200 [map]
* On the South Broad tour.
* Other exhibits: African American
* See also:
+artist's picture of this piece
+thinksculpture.com picture of this piece
+rotblattamrany.com
+wikipedia.org's Wilt Chamberlain page
+wikipedia.org's Wachovia Center page


Negro Leagues Memorial
Phil Sumpter, 2005
* Dedicated to Bill Cash, Mahlon Duckett, Stanley Glenn, Harold Gould and Wilmer Harris
* small standing person, hat, baseball bat
* inscription:
front: Dedicated to Bill Cash, Mahlon Duckett, Stanley Glenn, Harold Gould, Wilmer Harris, April 15, 2005
back: A special thanks to the Phillies organization for all of their wonderful support for this monument
* Southwest corner Belmont and Parkside.
* 39.977675,-75.213700 [map]
* On the West Park tour.
* Other exhibits: African American
* See also:
+empowermentzone.org article with picture
+NLBPA article
+Max Buten's picture of this piece
+NLBPA Bill Cash page
+NLBPA Mahlon Duckett page
+NLBPA Stanley Glenn page
+NLBPA Harold Gould page
+NLBPA Wilmer Harris page


Momentum
Michael Speller, 2012
* small abstract partial standing person
* On the campus of Drexel University. Northwest corner, 33rd and Market.
* 39.955950,-75.189600 [map]
* On the Avenue of Technology tour.
* See also:
+spellersculptures.com
+Drexel University


Walk Together Forever
2013
* Statue of Bobby Clarke and Bernie Parent
* small standing people, hockey equipment, Stanley Cup
* Located in an outdoor seating area. It may be difficult to see up close.
* inscription:
Since their inception in 1967, the Flyers have always done everything possible to put a winning team on the ice. That work ethic was rewarded on May 19, 1974 when the Flyers defeated the Boston Bruins in six games to become the first expansion team to win the Stanley Cup. The Flyers then repeated the feat on May 27, 1975 with a six game series win over the Buffalo Sabres.
On both occasions, Flyers greats Bobby Clarke and Bernie Parent accepted the Stanley Cup for the Flyers and began the on-ice celebration. Those moments are immortalized with this statue, which honors all of those who made the Broad Street Bullies a legendary part of Philadelphia Flyers history and forever cemented their spot in hockey lore.
* In front of Xfinity Live. Southwest corner, 11th and Pattison.
* 39.904600,-75.169100 [map]
* On the South Broad tour.
* Other exhibits: New
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Bobby Clarke page
+wikipedia.org's Bernie Parent page
+xfinitylive.com