Hobey Baker, America’s first great hockey player, came from Bala Cynwyd, Pa.
Hobart Armory Hare “Hobey” Baker starred for Princeton from 1910 through 1916 turning down a offer of $20,000 to play for the Montreal Canadians. He enlisted in the Army Air Service in 1917 for World War I and shot down three of the enemy. He was killed in a plane crash in France just a little over a month after the war ended.
F. Scott Fitzgerald admired him and based a character in This Side of Paradise on him.
Hat tip VFW magazine