Hubert Raymond Peck, affectionately known as “Dutch,” W’20, has maintained his position as one of the greatest guards in Penn basketball history for nearly a century now. 

 

After a year on the freshman squad, Dutch got right to making an impact. His consistently strong guarding, combined with his field-goal shooting, made him the heart of the Quaker team.  He started a Penn basketball dynasty his sophomore year when he led the team to the first of three consecutive Eastern Intercollegiate League (EIL) championships, from 1918-1920.  In his final year, he was elected to be “captain” of the team. This great 1919-20 Penn squad went through the season undefeated and then, in a three-game playoff, defeated the University of Chicago—champion of the Western Conference—to be crowned “National” Champions. In 1920, “Dutch” was named to the very first college All-America basketball team, and was elected to the All-Collegiate, All-Star Quintet.

 

“A better guard than Peck can not be found in collegiate ranks. It was the work of this man that enabled Penn to keep opposing teams from scoring frequently from the field,” read a local newspaper at the time. 

 

After graduation, “Dutch” stayed active in the amateur basketball ranks, where he shared his wealth of hoop knowledge, before entering into a successful Business Management career.

 

H. Raymond “Dutch” Peck will continue to be revered in Penn basketball circles for centuries to come.