PRESS RELEASE: Unveiling of the ‘United by Sport’ mural.


United by Sport mural unveiled featuring two San Diego baseball legends

The friendship between Hoover High alum Ted Williams and Padres Tony Gwynn was highlighted

Tuesday 7 June 2022

SAN DIEGOA mural of two San Diego baseball icons was unveiled Tuesday at Hoover High School. With the message “United by Sport,” the mural features Hall of Famer Ted Williams, a graduate of Hoover High School, and the great Padres Tony Gwynn. Despite being generations apart, the two men developed a friendship through their love of baseball.

At the unveiling, district leaders met with representatives from the San Diego Padres and Boston Red Sox, artist Jonny Pucci, who created the mural, and friends and family of Tony Gwynn to discuss the relationship between the men and the larger role that can play sports, think about social change.

The mural, 16 feet wide and 8 feet tall, is prominently located just steps from Hoover’s Ted Williams Field, where the famed alum once played ball.

In his 1966 acceptance speech at the Hall of Fame, Williams took the opportunity to do so advocate for the induction of Negro Leagues players into baseball’s highest honor. During his playing career, Williams was one of the first major league players to call for their integration, which didn’t happen until 1947. Williams was one of Tony Gwynn’s heroes and later a friend.

“Exercise is an opportunity to learn incredibly valuable life lessons,” said Dr. Sharon Whitehurst-Payne, President of the San Diego Unified Board. “They also allow you to develop lifelong friendships through a shared bond. This mural beautifully captures that essence between two men from different generations and backgrounds.”

Dignitaries in front of mural

The mural is a Bond-funded project by San Diego Unified. San Diego-based artist Jonny Pucci has created works related to the American civil rights movement and other historical moments around the world.

The mural was created by Disorganized Depictions, an agency focused on making social impact through large scale murals and who also works with schools to teach students how to paint murals and learn real-world career skills like sales, marketing and design.

To mark the unveiling of the mural, the San Diego Padres provided free tickets to every player and coach on the Hoover High baseball and softball teams. They were invited to Monday night’s game against the New York Mets at Petco Park.

Photos from the mural unveiling event can be found here

MEDIA CONTACT: Mike Murad, Public Information Coordinator, San Diego Unified School District, 619-925-4790, [email protected]


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