G. Edward Crane '31
Sport: Ice Hockey
Year Inducted: 1972
Other Sports Played: Baseball, Soccer
G. Edward Crane '31 is being inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame as a hockey player, although he really wears three hats. He could just as easily have been admitted as a baseball player or for his contributions to Brown athletics as team physician for 26 years. An outstanding athlete on the Hill, Crane earned seven letters in hockey, soccer, and baseball. In his senior season, he captained the baseball club and was the leading scorer on the hockey team that won nine of its 10 games. His colleagues remember him as a fine stick-handler and fearless rusher on the ice. He played both first and third on the baseball team. The graduate of Tufts Medical School gained national attention in 1949 when he designed a plastic face mask for Don Whiston '51, the Bears' sophomore goalie who had been hit flush in the mouth by a puck at Princeton. Whiston wore the mask during the remainder of his college career, made first-team All-American, and received publicity as the first college goalie to don a face mask. In 1946, Dr. Crane was appointed team physician at Brown and has covered over 232nd consecutive football games. The Providence orthopedic surgeon is a member of the Collegiate Hockey Hall of Fame and is an honorary member of the National Athletic Trainer's Association, the highest honor that group can give.