Hinkey Haines accomplished something no one had ever done before and no one has ever done since – he played on both a Major League Baseball World Series winner (the 1923 Yankees) and a National Football League Championship winner (the 1927 New York Giants). His friends in sport gave a banquet in his honor on December 8, 1927 at the Astor Hotel in New York City.
The room was filled with New York sports icons. Lou Gehrig is seated half turned toward the camera at the second table from the front on the left in the photo above. Below, in a detail from the head table, to the extreme left, are Hugo Bezdek (Hinkey’s football coach at Penn State), Hinkey Haines, Harry N. Bentz (captain 1922 Penn State Football team), Harry Haines (Hinkey’s father), Glenn Killinger (also Penn State), Tom Thorp and Dr Harry March. March was president of the NY Giants and Thorp was a famous official. Tom Thorp’s brother Ed was also at the banquet. Ed Thorp died in 1934 and, until the death of Vince Lombardi, the NFL Championship Trophy was named “The Ed Thorp Memorial Trophy.”
The program for the evening was a good way to get autographs – here’s one sample