Frank Hinkey

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Frank Hinkey
Frank Hinkey close shot (American Football book).jpg
Frank Hinkey from American Football book
Biographical details
Born (1871-12-23)December 23, 1871
Tonawanda, New York
Died December 30, 1925(1925-12-30) (aged 54)
Southern Pines, North Carolina
Alma mater Yale University
Playing career
1891–1894 Yale
Position(s) End
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1914–1915 Yale
Head coaching record
Overall 11–7
Accomplishments and honors
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1951 (profile)

Frank Augustus Hinkey (December 23, 1871 – December 30, 1925) was an American college football player and coach. He was notable for being one of only three college football players in history to be named a four-time consensus All-American. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951.

Early years[edit]

Born in Tonawanda, New York, he attended DeVeaux College and Phillips Andover.

Yale University[edit]

Hinkey as a player on a football card.

While attending Yale University, he played for the Yale Bulldogs football team for four years, was captain his junior and senior years, and each year was named to the College Football All-America Team.[1] One writer claims "when all-time ends are named, Hinkey invariably heads the list."[2] He graduated from Yale University in 1895 and was a member of Psi Upsilon and Skull and Bones.

Business career[edit]

He ran several businesses, including zinc smelting plants in Kansas and Illinois, and worked with fellow Yale teammate and All-American Frank Butterworth at a brokerage. He was head coach of the Yale team from 1913 to 1914.[1] During those two seasons, he had an 11–7 record.[3]

Frank Hinkey (left) and Tom Shevlin


According to Dr. Harry March's, often inaccurate book Pro Football: Its Ups and Downs, Hinkey was a referee at the 1903 World Series of Football held at Madison Square Garden. March states that the officials during the series "were dressed in full evening dress, from top hats down to white gloves and patent leather shoes." During the last play of the series in a game between the Franklin Athletic Club and the Watertown Red & Black, the Franklin players, knew that they had the game in hand. As a result, the Franklin backfield agreed to purposely run over the clean and sharply dressed Hinkey in jest, knocking him into the dirt. Hinkey took the incident in good-nature and Franklin's management agreed to pay his cleaning bill.


Hinkey died from complications of tuberculosis on December 30, 1925. He was 54 years old.


  1. ^ a b "OBITUARY RECORD OF YALE GRADUATES 1925-1926" (PDF). Yale University. August 1, 1926. pp. 169–70. Retrieved March 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ Alan Gould (November 20, 1930). "Penn and Cornell End All-America Reign Of Big Three Grid Teams". The Evening Independent. Retrieved March 17, 2015 – via Google news. 
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