Frank Hinkey
File:Frank Hinkey close shot (American Football book).jpg
Frank Hinkey from American Football book
Biographical details
Born(1870-12-23)December 23, 1870
Tonawanda, New York
DiedDecember 30, 1925(1925-12-30) (aged 55)
Southern Pines, North Carolina
Alma materYale University
Playing career
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
* Consensus All-American (1891, 1892, 1893, 1894)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1951 (profile)

Frank Augustus Hinkey (December 23, 1870 – 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 yearsEdit

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

Yale UniversityEdit

Frank Hinkey

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 careerEdit

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]

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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.

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Yale Bulldogs (Independent) (1914–1915)
1914 Yale 7–2
1915 Yale 4–5
Yale: 11–7
Total: 11–7
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


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