Golden Gate Park has a lot of statues. Because we know not everyone gets to live in San Francisco, we’ve decided to share them with you here on our blog, in no particular order (although, geographically speaking we are starting in the north-east corner of the park). Or maybe you live here, and you needed a great reason to get out and wander around our awesome urban park. Our awesome urban park that is larger than NYC’s Central Park!
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The statue above of a baseball player throwing a ball is located on the south side of JFK drive, near the main vehicle entrance on the east side of the park. It is between JFK and the tennis courts, pretty much across from the Conservatory of Flowers.
Bronze. A life sized figure of a mustachioed baseball player of the 1880′s throwing a ball.
Artist: Douglas Tilden.
Acquisition: Created in 1889. It was acquired in 1892 as a gift of James D. Phelan. The inscription states “Presented by a close friend of the sculptor as a tribute to his energy, industry and ability.
Location: South side of JFK near Kezar opposite the Conservatory of Flowers
– Source: San Francisco Art Commission, A Survey of Art Work in the City and County of San Francisco, published by the Office of Mayor Joseph L. Alioto in 1975 as a San Francisco Bicentennial project.
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What are your thoughts on the baseball player statue in Golden Gate Park? Love it, hate it, or are you so bored by it that you didn’t even notice it existed until today? We’ve been busy out snapping pictures in the park, we’d love it if you took a moment and got busy with a comment below. As always, keep it positive!