Welcome to the Hobey Baker web site.
As the country’s
most celebrated amateur athlete of the early twentieth century, Hobey Baker was a genuine superstar on both the ice and gridiron.
He is the only individual to be inducted in both the Hockey Hall of Fame and the College Hall of Fame. Today the Hobey Baker
Memorial Award is college hockey’s equivalent to the Heisman Trophy, and is awarded annually to the country’s most talented
player. Thousands admired the gifted, handsome athlete including F. Scott Fitzgerald who patterned several of his memorable
characters after Baker.
When the Great War broke out in Europe, Hobey joined the legendary Lafayette Escadrille and took
part in deadly air battles alongside Eddie Rickenbacker against the feared Flying Circus of Baron Richthofen, the Red Baron,
over the trenches and death fields of France.
Just weeks after the armistice ended the horrific carnage, Baker lost his
life in a senseless and mysterious plane crash, his orders to return home discovered tucked in his jacket pocket. He was twenty-six
years old. His story is one of courage, adventure, chivalry and suspense in the final days before the Great War forever shattered
Hobey Baker, American Legend
by Emil R. Salvini
by The Hobey Baker Memorial Foundation
Library of Congress Control Number 2005921385