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Baker, Hobey

Roger A. Godin

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Baker, Hobey (15 January 1892–21 December 1918), ice hockey player, was born Hobart Amory Hare Baker in Bala-Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, the son of Alfred Thornton Baker, an upholstery manufacturer, and Mary Augusta Pemberton, a socialite. Baker attended St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire, between the ages of eleven and eighteen. His parents, who subsequently divorced in 1907, sent Baker and his older brother to this prestigious Episcopalian preparatory school in 1903. It was a school much in favor with the socialites of Main Line Philadelphia and was patterned after the so-called “public” schools of England. While there Baker came under the sporting influence of one of the masters, James Conover, his father’s cousin, who established hockey as the school’s most dominant sport after he had made an early trip to Montreal to purchase sticks and pucks....

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