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Hobey Baker (January 15, 1892 - December 21, 1918), more fully Hobart Amory Hare Baker, was a noted sportsman.

Born in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania[?], he attended St. Paul's Prepatory School in Concord, New Hampshire. He attended Princeton University, playing baseball, football and hockey, and graduated in 1914. Hobey Baker was the first great American hockey player. He worked at J. P. Morgan Bank and played amateur hockey with the St. Nicholas Club in New York City in 1915-1917. On America's entry into World War I, he enlisted, left for Europe in 1917, and by 1918 was a member of the Lafayette Escadrille (103rd Aero Squadron) and was awarded the Croix de Guerre[?]. Hobey was an ace fighter pilot in World War I, leading a squad known as the "Flying Tigers." Having received his orders to return home, he took one final flight test piloting a Spad[?] at the end of the war, dying when it crashed.

The Hobey Baker Memorial Award is given annually to the top American college hockey player, and Princeton's Hobart Baker Memorial Rink is named for him. He is memorialized twice in the novel This Side of Paradise[?] by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The character of Allenby is based on Hobey, and the lead character is named Amory in tribute to Hobey. He was inducted into the National Football Hall of Fame.

Biography

  • The Legend of Hobey Baker - John Davis

See also: List of members of the Hockey Hall of Fame



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