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Tour: South Broad

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The South Broad Tour runs from Broad and Oregon South to the stadiums at Broad and Pattison. There are Orange Line stops at both Oregon and Pattison, so you can take the subway to Oregon, walk to Pattison, and then take the subway back.

Guglielmo Marconi Tablet
1955
* Plaque honoring Guglielmo Marconi
* small bas relief map of the world, lightning bolts symbolizing radio waves
* This picture has been retouched to remove scrawled and splashed paint.
* inscription:
Inventor
Wireless
Telephone
Telegraph and Unidirectional Radio
Deeply religious humanitarian genius, glory of the world in
Italy and glory of Italy in the world. His inventions saved
millions of lives and will continue to do so as long as this world
exists. First wireless message 1896. First transatlantic marconigram
S.O.S. 1901. Born near Bologna, Italy, 1874, Died - Rome, Italy 1937
Tablet dedicated at Philadelphia, 1955, Mayor Joseph S. Clark, Jr.
* Marconi Plaza. West side of Broad, South of Oregon.
* 39.916150,-75.171700 [map]
* See also:
+Guglielmo Marconi Foundation




Columbus Monument
Emanuele Caroni, 1876 (renovated 1982)
* Monument to (and statue of) Christopher Columbus
* standing person, globe, sword, anchors, eagle, ship, sitting people, water, flag
* Artist is listed as "possible."
* inscription:
Presented to the city of Philadelphia by the Italian citizens
In commemoration of the first centenary American Independence 1876
* Marconi Plaza. West side of Broad, South of Oregon.
* 39.915550,-75.172100 [map]
* See also:
+Max Buten's picture of this piece
+phillyhistory.org 1959 picture of this piece
+wikipedia.org's Christopher Columbus page




Guglielmo Marconi
Giancarlo Saleppichi, 1975
* Statue of Guglielmo Marconi
* standing person, paper
* inscription:
Inventor Wireless Telegraphy
The Father of Modern Communication
April 25 1874
July 20 1937
* Marconi Plaza. East side of Broad, South of Oregon.
* 39.915440,-75.171125 [map]
* See also:
+Guglielmo Marconi Foundation




Walt Whitman
Jo Davidson, 1939
* Statue of Walt Whitman
* standing person carrying a hat
* Southwest corner, Broad and Packer, on the approach to the onramp.
* 39.911460,-75.173325 [map]
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Jo Davidson page
+wikipedia.org's Walt Whitman 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]
* Exhibits: Athletic, Moved
* 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]
* Exhibits: Athletic, Moved
* See also:
+wikipedia.org Joe Brown 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]
* Exhibits: Athletic
* See also:
+artist's picture of this piece
+zenosfrudakis.com
+wikipedia.org's Steve Carlton page




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]
* Exhibits: Athletic, 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




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]
* Exhibits: Athletic
* 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]
* Exhibits: Athletic
* See also:
+artist's picture of this piece
+zenosfrudakis.com
+wikipedia.org's Robin Roberts 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]
* Exhibits: Athletic, African American
* See also:
+artist's picture of this piece
+rotblattamrany.com
+wikipedia.org's Wilt Chamberlain page




Kate Smith
Marc Mellon, 1987
* Statue of Kate Smith
* standing person
* Was behind the Spectrum at Broad and Pattison, which was demolished in early 2011. Reinstalled in the current location in 2012 with a shorter plaque. The current plaque omits the second, third, and fourth paragraphs from the original inscription, which is listed here in full with the removed section in square brackets. The last picture is from the original location.
* inscription:
1907-1986
Blessed with a voice and presence which led her to stardom on Broadway, radio, and television, Miss Smith came to symbolize joyous, homespun, American patriotism.
[Her stirring rendition of "God Bless America" introduced on Armistice Day 1938 lifted the spirits of the nation after the Great Depression and inspired us to persevere through the agony of World War II.
When president Franklin D. Roosevelt introduced Kate to the King and Queen of England he said "This is Kate Smith... This is America!"
During World War II, Miss Smith raised more than $600 million in War Bond sales and in 1982, President Ronald Reagan presented her with the nation's highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom.]
Kate Smith had a special relationship with the Flyers and the City of Philadephia. Her live performances of "God Bless America" helped inspire the Flyers to become Stanley Cup Champions for the first time in 1974.
This statue, honoring one of America's greatest patriots, is a gift from the Philadelphia Flyers to the people of our great country.
Dedicated: October 5, 1987
* On the path from the parking lot behind Xfinity Live. Southwest of the Southwest corner of 11th and Pattison.
* 39.903600,-75.170000 [map]
* Exhibits: Moved
* See also:
+Philadelphia Flyers
+shingcollection.com's Marc Mellon page
+katesmith.org




Score!
Gil Whitman, 1976
* small 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 last 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]
* Exhibits: Athletic, Moved




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. The last picture is from the Spectrum.
* 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]
* Exhibits: Athletic, Moved, African American
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Julius Erving page




Walk Together Forever
statues.com, 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]
* Exhibits: Athletic
* See also:
+statues.com
+wikipedia.org's Bobby Clarke page
+wikipedia.org's Bernie Parent page




Joe Frazier Memorial Statue
Stephen Layne, 2015
* Statue of Joe Frazier
* standing person, boxing gloves
* In front of Xfinity Live. Southwest corner, 11th and Pattison.
* 39.904575,-75.168975 [map]
* Exhibits: Athletic
* See also:
+artist's page about this piece
+stephenlaynestudio.com
+wikipedia.org's Joe Frazier page




Fred Shero
Chad Fisher, 2014
* Statue of Fred Shero
* small standing person, eyeglasses
* In front of Xfinity Live. Southwest corner, 11th and Pattison.
* 39.904535,-75.168850 [map]
* Exhibits: Athletic
* See also:
+artist's picture of this piece
+artist's picture of this piece
+fishersculpture.com
+wikipedia.org's Fred Shero 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]
* Exhibits: Athletic, Moved
* See also:
+wikipedia.org Joe Brown page




Veterans Memorial
2003
* actual and sculpted flags, POW-MIA, Coast Guard, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Army insignia, partial people, standing person, guard tower, anchors, weapons, eagles, ship, globe, snake
* inscription:
Philadelphia City Council in 1970 chose Veteran's Stadium as the name for the city's new sports facility. Veteran's stadium opened April 10, 1971, was closed September 28, 2003 and imploded March 21, 2004.
To commemorate the site of Veteran's Stadium, the Phillies dedicate this monument as an everlasting memorial to veterans who have defended America's freedom since its inception in Philadelphia, July 4, 1776.
* North side of Pattison, East of Broad.
* 39.905400,-75.171900 [map]
* Exhibits: War




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]
* Exhibits: Athletic, Moved
* See also:
+wikipedia.org Joe Brown page


Possible trip extension:Avenue of the Arts (North to Ellsworth-Federal on SEPTA's Broad Street Line)
Possible trip extension:City Hall (North to City Hall on SEPTA's Broad Street Line)
Possible trip extension:Fairmount (North to Fairmount on SEPTA's Broad Street Line and then Southeast 1 block on Ridge)
Possible trip extension:Temple Campus (North to Cecil B. Moore on SEPTA's Broad Street Line)

See Also

+wikipedia.org's Wachovia Center page
+xfinitylive.com