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ESPN 30 for 30 Podcasts Announces Searching for Hobey Baker


Searching for Hobey Baker
Searching for Hobey Baker

ESPN 30 for 30 Podcasts has announced the upcoming debut of its new three-episode podcast series "Searching for Hobey Baker," which chronicles the life of collegiate athlete Hobey Baker, who many consider the first ice hockey star in America. Premiering June 12, the podcast is narrated by actor, writer, director, author and singer-songwriter David Duchovny, who like Baker, is an alumnus of Princeton University.

Every hockey fan knows the name Hobey Baker - collegiate hockey's most prestigious trophy is named after him - but very few know the real story of this all-time great athlete. Using an archive of personal letters and source materials provided by the Mudd Library at Princeton University, as well as original research, the series charts Hobey's glory days as the best collegiate hockey and football player in the nation, his post-grad ennui in Gilded Age New York City, and his exploits as a WWI fighter pilot, which ended tragically in a mysterious crash in 1918.

Beyond Hobey's adventures on the ice and in the air, this podcast also re-contextualizes the hockey legend through the lens of his lesser known struggles as a queer man in the early 20th century.

"As ESPN continues to delve into captivating narratives through our 30 for 30 stories, we are thrilled to illuminate the extraordinary legacy of Hobey Baker in an upcoming podcast," said ESPN Producer and Head of 30 for 30 Podcasts Preeti Varathan. "Collaborating with David Duchovny, a fellow Princeton alum, adds a unique depth to this exploration of Baker's life. It's crucial to showcase underrepresented stories like Baker's, especially his journey as a queer sports icon."

Baker was named one of the first nine inductees, and the only American, to the Hockey Hall of Fame, when it was founded in 1945, and was an initial inductee in the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1973. In 1981, The Hobey Baker Award, named after Baker, was first awarded to the top National Collegiate Athletic Association men's ice hockey player.

Executive Producers of the series are Ross Greenburg, Andrew Reynolds and Tim Smith and the series was produced by Ross Greenburg Productions and Silver Sound in collaboration with ESPN.

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