The Ball Player Statue in Golden Gate Park Goes Hula

Our National Past Time (The Ball Player), 1889, by Douglas Tilden as seen in Golden Gate Park this morning, complete with hula grass skirt and lei.

A more dignified view here and here.

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“Presented to the Golden Gate Park By a Friend of the Sculptor As a Tribute to His Energy, Industry and Ability”

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2 Responses to “The Ball Player Statue in Golden Gate Park Goes Hula”

  1. Dennis O'Rorke says:

    The San Francisco Art Commission produced 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. It clearly states:


    Medium, Size and Description: 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 main road opposite road leading to Conservatory

  2. sfcitizen says:

    So noted.

    Not so sure about the “close” friend part.