The Philly athlete street names map

Carson Wentz was meant to land in Philly. There’s Wentz Street in Olney and Carson Street in Manayunk.

Athlete Streets
Players' Tribune/Wikimedia Commons

Phillies legend (and Ultimate Athlete) Mike Schmidt doesn’t have a single street name in the city that bears his name. But Carson Wentz shares a name with two.

Our City of Neighborhoods is forever geeking out over the origin of neighborhood names, the latest real estate trends and what Philly neighborhoods would be called if we named them today. Philly Mag has highlighted some of the city’s weirdest street names. So we went one step further and tried to correlate them with current and popular Philly athletes.

We present to you this map of Philly Athlete Street Names:

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Carson Wentz was meant to land in Philly. There’s Wentz Street in Olney and Carson Street in Manayunk. But having a street featuring your name isn’t necessarily good luck. There’s a Bradford Street, as in Sam Bradford, in the Northeast.
  • Shady Lane. Enough said. This is the coolest street name that is named after a Philly athlete, albeit a former one.
  • The legendary Wilt Chamberlain has Wilt Street in Kensington. His stardom was clearly meant to be.
  • The athlete streets were dispersed pretty widely throughout the city. No neighborhood had more than two or three athlete street names. The River Wards are probably the leader, with two athlete streets in Kensington, one in Fishtown and one in Port Richmond.


Want some more? Explore other Neighborhoods stories.

Mornings are for coffee and local news

Billy Penn’s free morning newsletter gives you a daily roundup of the top Philly stories you need to start your day.

You finished another Billy Penn article — keep it up!

We hope you found it useful, fun, or maybe even both. If you want more stories like this, will you join us as a member today?

Nice to see you (instead of a paywall)

Billy Penn’s mission is to provide free, quality information to Philadelphians through our articles and daily newsletter. If you believe local journalism is key to a healthy community, join us!

Your donation brought this story to life

Billy Penn only exists because of supporters like you. If you find our work valuable, consider making a sustaining donation today.

Being informed looks good on you

Thanks for reading another article, made possible by members like you. Want to share BP with a friend?