Frederick H. Hovey '90
Year Inducted: 1976
Other Sports Played: Football, Baseball, Track & Field
Frederick H. Hovey ’90 was a three-time national tennis champion and was considered the finest player the country had produced up to that time. He won the U.S. Doubles Championship in both 1893 and 1894, teaming with Clarence Hobart, and then he captured the U.S. Singles in 1895. Harper’s Weekly on Sept. 7, 1895, said: “In his present form, the new national tennis champion is undoubtedly the best player this country has ever had. Not because his strokes are more brilliant than those of Larned, nor that his volleying out-does Campbell, nor yet because his generalship is better than Wrenn’s, although he is not outclasses in any of these respects; but because his all-around game has been brought to a degree of excellence never attained by another American player, the result of unsurpassed natural ability, mellowed by age and rounded by experience.” In addition to his three national titles in tennis, Fred Hovey in 1891 won the Intercollegiate Singles and teamed with R.D. Wrenn of Harvard to take the Doubles. A sixth national title came in 1902 when the native of Newton Center, Mass., won the first open U.S. Ping Pong championship ever held. Hovey was the starting fullback on the football team his freshman and senior seasons, won the Singles and Doubles in the Fall Tennis Tournament all four years, and played second base on the 17-5-1 ball club of 1890. He set Brown records in both the pole vault (9-4) and broad jump (18-7) and took a second in the pole vault in the New Englands. Hovey earned his LL.B. from Harvard in 1893 and subsequently became a member of the Boston and New York Stock Exchange. For many years he was one of the nation’s prominent tennis officials. Fred Hovey died at Miami Beach Oct. 20, 1945 at age 77.