Old-Timey Ballplayer of the Day: Odell “Bad News” Hale

Odell Hale was a hard-headed man. I mean that literally. He literally had a hard head. The bases were loaded on September 7, 1935, in the bottom of the ninth inning of a doubleheader in Fenway park. 26-year-old Odell “Bad News” Hale was playing third base for the visiting Indians, who were hanging on to a precarious 5-3 lead with Joe Cronin, shortstop and manager of the Red Sox, at the plate. On the mound was Oral Hildebrand. Hildebrand had lost his spot in Cleveland’s rotation after having been shelled in 3 innings in Chicago just the week before. He … Continue reading