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George Sterling Park and the Alice Marble Tennis Courts

 
 
George Sterling Park and the Alice Marble Tennis Courts Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 11, 2013
1. George Sterling Park and the Alice Marble Tennis Courts Marker
Captions (Clockwise from the top left): George Sterling; Sterling, James Hopper, Harry Wilson, Jack London; Billie Jean King, Alice
Inscription.
George Sterling
1869 – 1926
George Sterling represented California in the world of poetry for a generation. His works included “A Wine of Wizardry.” “Testimony of the Suns,” and “The House of Orchids.” Sometimes called ‘the last bohemian’, he was an eccentric beloved by Ambrose Bierce, Jack London, and Ina Coolbrith. His most memorable lines are his salute to San Francisco: “And great is thy tenderness, O cool, gray city of love!”
Alice Marble
1913 – 1990
One of the great international stars of tennis, Alice Marble learned to play in Golden Gate Park. Her strength and style changed the game as she won major championships including six Wimbledon trophies. She was rated the top woman tennis player from 1936 through 1940 and is in the Tennis Hall of Fame. She also advanced the careers of other players as a champion of equal rights. Her off court life was even more glamorous and dramatic, as recounted in her autobiography, “Courting Danger.”
 
Location. 37° 48.074′ N, 122° 25.196′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on Greenwich Street near Hyde Street, on the left when traveling
George Sterling Park and the Alice Marble Tennis Courts Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 11, 2013
2. George Sterling Park and the Alice Marble Tennis Courts Marker
east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1249 Greenwich Street, San Francisco CA 94109, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sterling Park (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Octagon House (approx. ¼ mile away); The Clock Tower (approx. 0.3 miles away); Andrea's Fountain (approx. 0.4 miles away); Russian Hill (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Ship into San Francisco Bay (approx. 0.4 miles away); The South End Rowing Club (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Dolphin Swimming and Boating Club (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Also see . . .
1. George Sterling - George-Sterling.org. George Sterling (1869-1926); King of Bohemia and central figure in the Californian literary scene of the early twentieth century. Pupil of Ambrose Bierce, whom he called "The Master," mentor to Clark Ashton Smith, friend of Jack London, Robinson Jeffers and Nora May French. (Submitted on November 5, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. A Remarkable Life: Alice Marble - San Francisco Guides. When Alice was thirteen, her brother Dan gave her a tennis racket saying, “You can’t keep hanging around the ballpark, and hitting balls through people’s windows . . . and acting like a boy.” (Submitted on November 5, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 5, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 340 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 5, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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