Biography of Famous Hockey Player and Athlete H.A.H. Hobey Baker

About the biography of the famous hockey player and athlete H.A.H. Hobey Baker, history and information.

H. A. H. (Hobey) Baker

His real name was Hobart Amery Hare Baker, but everyone called him Hobey. His name is almost legend in U.S. college hockey history.

Born in Wissahickon, Pa., in 1892, he learned early in life how to skate effortlessly and to handle a hockey stick. He was recognized as a master craftsman with a stick. Hockey writers reported that once the puck touched his stick, he never had to look down again.

Entering Princeton University in 1910, he excelled not only in hockey but also in football, golf, track, swimming, and gymnastics, serving as captain of the hockey team in his final 2 years. As a rover, he was a one-man team called "Baker and 6 other players." As captain of the Princeton football team, he drop-kicked a 43-yd. field goal to tie a game with Yale. Princeton later honored Hobey Baker by naming its ice rink after him.

When he graduated from Princeton, Hobey joined the St. Nicholas hockey team. He helped his team win the Ross Cup, beating the Montreal Stars. Hobey was one of the few hockey stars not born in Canada.

He joined the Lafayette Esquadrille, a flying unit, during W. W. I. A survivor of the war, he was later killed in a crash while testing a new plane.

Baker was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1945.

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