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Francis Babe Kraus

Francis "Babe" Kraus
Inducted Class of 1996

Babe was raised in Fulton, N.Y., where he starred in high school football, basketball, and baseball. He played basketball and football at Colgate University before transferring to Hobart College where he starred for three years in football, basketball, and lacrosse. He was an All-American his senior year in lacrosse. After college he played professional football for the Buffalo All Americans for one season.

Babe was hired by Hobart College in 1924 to coach football, basketball, and baseball; but he was best known for his 38 years as the lacrosse coach. During his legendary tenure, he produced 57 All-American lacrosse players and also coached the north teams for the North-South games in 1942, 1947, and 1954. Babe was a 1965 inductee into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Hobart College Athletic Hall of fame in 1986.

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