Ed Hale

Edmond Phillip Hale, born December 8th, 18751 in Kentucky,2 was a professional baseball player from 1901-1905. He was also a professional baseball umpire in the 1908 Southern Association. He lived in Little Rock, AR most of his life. He was the brother of Andy Herod.


Hale began playing baseball in Little Rock as early as 1894.3 His professional career likely began in 1898 with Hot Springs in the Southwestern League. In 1901, he was given a trial with the local upstart Little Rock Travelers of the Southern Association. He pitched his only league game on May 4th against Memphis and won 4-2.4 On August 5th, Hale replaced an injured Selma Christians leftfielder during a game against the Travelers in Little Rock.5 Two days later, on August 7th, Hale pitched for Selma against Little Rock, losing by a score of 5-8.6 He was offered a permanent position with Selma, but turned the propisition down.7 He later finished the season playing with Vicksburg and Monroe.8

In the spring of 1902, Hale signed to play with Atlanta of the Southern Association.9 On April 4th, he pitched five innings in an exhibition game against the Boston Americans and performed well, striking out five.10 His arm became sore, however, and he was released in mid April before the season opened. Afterward, he returned to Vicksburg to pitch in the Cotton States League. In 1903, he signed to play with San Antonio in the Texas League, but he apparently did not make the team.11 Later, Hale returned to the diamond for one more game in 1905. On August 16th, he started for Little Rock against the New Orleans Pelicans, allowing 14 hits and issuing 8 walks in a 3-10 defeat.12

Hale was also known as an umpire. In 1908, he was made a temporary umpire in the Southern Association.13

Hale died on June 26, 1912 in Little Rock, AR at the age of 36.14 He was buried Oakland Cemetery in Little Rock, AR.15


"It will be of interest to Little Rock fans to know that Mr. Finn has agreed to give Ed Hale of this city, one of the best pitchers in the state, and known as the "Rose City Southpaw," a chance at the pitching when the season opens."16

"Next we have our local aspirant, Ed. Hale, a left hander, who has plenty of speed and good curves, and we hope that his worth will convince Manager Finn that he is one of the pitchers he wants to retain." 17

" . . . [Hale is] our local aspirant . . . "18

"Hale, while making a first-class showing, has had to give way to men of more experience, but should have no trouble catching on where a good southpaw is needed."19

"Captain Pender, of the Selma team, tried Ed Hale, a local pitcher, in the box, and considering the support he got the youngster pitched a very credible game. He received a flattering offer to stay with them but did not see fit to accept it, as a veteran could not make good in the condition the team is in at present."20

"Ed Hale, the Little Rock southpaw, has returned to the city, after the close of the season, during which he pitched one game each for Little Rock and Selma and eleven with Monroe and Vicksburg. He won nine of the thirteen games, one from Shreveport, one from Birmingham and two from Selma against Bailey. In a majority of the games he allowed less than six hits an allowed Shreveport but two hits for seven innings, when they bunched and won 6 to 5. He was offered advanced money and a good salary by Mr. Peters at the depot in Vicksburg to play with Selma next season, but did not accept, as he expects to be given a trial in the American League at the opening of the season. He will spend the winter at his home in this city."21

"Ed Hale of this city yesterday mailed to E. T. Peter of the Atlanta Southern league club a signed contract to play with that club the coming season. His many friends will be glad to learn of his good luck, and are confident he will "make good.""22

"Pitcher Hale, one of the great successes on the Southern League diamonds last year, has sent in his contract with Atlanta for the coming season and the members of the team who are conversant with Hale's work are sure he will make a great hit in the Gate City of the South before the season ends. Hale was with the Little Rock team last year and did some of the best box work of the summer months. He is a youngster, but has an old head on him at the critical stages of the game. He is strong, full of life and is always in the game. Few men who do box work are as strong with the bat as is Hale, and when the annual averages are made up he stands well up in the line. His record is a good one and the scrap book in which he keeps it is worth a few minutes of any baseball devotee's time. In a 5 to 4 game with Shreveport last year, Shreveport being one of the hardest hitting teams in the league, he yielded four base hits, each of the four being made after seven innings had been played. in the same game he struck out eight men. In a game with Selma, which the Little Rock lost by a 3 to 2 score, Hale gave up three hits only. Throughout the season of 1901 Hale's record was about the same as that shown in the games recited. The present management looks upon Hale as one of the best mean now under contract an upon the receipt of his contract he was instructed to report to Manager Pabst at any time he felt like coming before the date mentioned in his contract."23

"Hale the pitcher who was released [by Atlanta] last week, has placed his name to a contract with the Vicksburg team and will show that Mississippi town how to put them over the plate Monday afternoon."24

"The sporting editor of the Gazette yesterday received the following letter from Pitcher Ed Hale, which explains itself: Atlanta, Ga., April 25, 1902. Dear sir --No doubt you will be a little surprised to received this from me, but I thought I might take a small bit of liberty and explain my position to you, so as you can make an announcement through the columns of the Gazette and state to my friends in Little Rock and surrounding towns how I have been dealt with. While pitching against Boston the weather was awfully cool, and the morning before said game there were small places in the streets which contained crusts of ice. I worked five innings in this cool spell and had good speed and curves, striking out five men, and afterward took cold in my arm, which hurt me for two weeks, and I thought at one time that my arm was entirely gone, therefore I was compelled to do nothing but bathe my arm with warm water and rest up. My intentions are of going to Vicksburg, Miss., to finish the season unless something else shows up better. My arm is perfectly well and my intentions are to take better care of it in the future. I can not say too much of the boys on this team, for they are perfect gentleman, as to my judgement, and other teams in the league will have to play fast ball to scalp them. Trusting that these few lines find you in perfect condition, I am yours truly, Ed. P. Hale."25

"Ed Hale, the Little Rock southpaw, who was with Selma and Atlanta in the Southern League, has signed a contract with the San Antonio team in the Texas League as a splendid salary. That team will be managed the coming season by Wade H. Moore, who caught for Selma the season of 1901. He will report at San Antonio some time in April."26

"In the First game, Ed Hale, a Little Rock boy, pitched [for Little Rock]. He was given weak support."27

"Ed Hale of this city, who has been doing box office duty all season, pitched the first game for Little Rock, and while he was hit freely, rotten suport [sic] allowed the Pelicans to run of the score."28

"The former Cotton States League pitcher, Ed Hale, of Little Rock, has been appointed temporarily to the Southern League umpire staff, pending the recovery of Umpire O'Brien or the signing of new arbitrators."29

"Cushing, Okla., August 3. Umpire Ed. Hale was chased from Gushing Park today by an infuriated mob of base ball fans, but after following him to the Merchants© Hotel, a mile away, the mob abandoned the effort to assault him, but not until Hale had cried for protection from behind his wife's skirts in the hotel and three policemen with revolvers drawn had pushed the mob back. Hale escaped from the hotel and left town. Hale was charged by the Cushing fans with giving unfair decisions in a game between Cushing and Cleveland. The crowd became angered and 100 of them plunged into the field, breaking up the game and chasing Hale."30

"Edmond Phillip Hale, 36 years old, died at 7 o'clock yesterday morning at 2318 Schiller avenue. He is survived by his wife, mother, two brothers, William and Andy Herod, and three sisters, Mrs. J. F. lenon, Mrs. H. J. Noyes and miss Catherine Herod. Funeral services will be held at 4 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the residence of his sister, Mrs. J. F. Lenon, 2015 West Sixteenth street. The Rev J. N. Jessup, pastor of the First Christian church, will conduct the services. Burial will be in Oakland cemetery. The pallbearers, selected from lodge No. 29, B. P. O. E., and Forest Camp No. 5, Woodmen of the World, of which Mr. Hale was a member, are: Elks, Charles Holmes, Forrest N. Croxson and Errett B. Hamilton; Woodmen of the World, Otto Stahl, M. E. Akin and Oscar B. Peckham. Services will be held at the cemetery by the Elks. Mr. Hale was a native of Covington, Ky., but had been a resident of little Rock for 33 years. He was at one time treasurer of the Capital theater and for several years associated with Errett B. Hamilton, the confectioner. He was a member of the Little Rock team in the Southern League during the season of 1901 on Mike Finn's pitching staff. He was later on the staff of umpires in the Southern League. He was a leader in local baseball circles and one of the organizers of the first Little Rock City League. He had been in ill health for several years and went to the Booneville sanatorium, where he remained for several months."31


Statistics at Baseball-Reference.com.