Olympic medal record
Men’s athletics
Representing the  United States
Silver medal – second place 1928 Amsterdam High jump

Benjamin Van Doren Hedges, Jr. (June 8, 1907 - December 31, 1969) was an American athlete who competed mainly in the high jump. He graduated from Princeton University in 1930.

He competed for the United States in the 1928 Summer Olympics held in Amsterdam, Netherlands in the high jump where he won the silver medal, clearing 1.91 meters (6' 3-1/4"). Prior to graduating from Princeton in 1930, Ben Hedges won the IC4A high jump in 1929[1] With his second place in the 1928 high jump, Hedges is the last Princetonian to have won an Olympic track & field medal. In 1931, Hedges joined Bankers Trust Co. as a personnel administrator and later became executive vice-president of the Big Brother Movement. He was also a war hero, winning 13 Battle Stars and receiving a Presidential Unit Citation for his work in the Pacific as an air combat intelligence officer.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Hedges, Ben. "Rare Photo of Ben Hedges Winning at Penn in 1929". Historicimages. Retrieved 11 July 2017.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Hedges, Ben. "Ben Hedges Sports Biography". Sports-Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 9 July 2017.