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Hobey Baker: 1913

Hobey Baker: 1913

September 11, 1913. "Hobart Baker, Princeton football captain." Hobey Baker, better known as captain of the Princeton Tigers hockey team, was a World War I Army pilot who was killed when his plane crashed in France shortly after the signing of the Armistice. View full size. G.G. Bain Collection.

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Baker Rink at Princeton University is named after Hobey. You can see his skates and stick there. Skates look more like figure skates than today's hockey skates. A young Robert Redford would have been a good movie version of Hobey Baker.

My goodness!

Hobey sure was a looker wasn't he? Sounds like he was a class act too. Very cool.

Fitzgerald's Idol

F. Scott Fitzgerald and other Princeton underclassmen idolized Baker. Fitzgerald was supposed to have based one of his heroes in "This Side of Paradise" on him.

Hobey wowed not only Princeton but NYC as well. Society Swells in evening clothes would watch his Tigers hockey games at Madison Square Garden where the marquee read "Hobey Baker vs. Yale". Games there sold out!

After college, Hobey eschewed going pro (after all, "gentlemen" didn't play for pay) but continued with amateur hockey. As an idealised and idealistic young Yank, he signed up as a pilot for the nascent Army Air Corp in WWI.

When the war ended, the troops were readying equipment to be shipped back. Reportedly, he never asked his men to do anything he wouldn't do, so rather than allow his mechanics to test a repaired plane, he took it up only to crash and die in France.

His tragically young death stunned so many of his generation. The NCAA Men's College Hockey annual trophy (think Heisman Trophy) is named the Hobey Baker
in his honor.

If they made a movie about Hobey, nobody would believe what an absolutely perfect gentlemen, scholar, athlete, and patriot the man was...
This is all from memory, having read Michael McKinley's excellent "Putting A Roof On Winter".

Holy Hobey.

What a hunk...and a hero, to boot.

Three Sport Man

Hobey Baker not only played football and hockey, but in his freshman year was also on the baseball team. In these days of athletes specializing in single sports, it's hard to remember that there was a time when it wasn't at all uncommon for athletes to play multiple sports. The legendary Lionel Conacher played as a pro in five sports (Canadian Football, Hockey, minor league Baseball, Boxing and Lacrosse).

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