Rice Institute Owls track long jumper W R "Mike" Hale
Rice Athletic Hall of Fame
Black and white photograph of Rice Institute Owls track team member W. R. "Mike" Hale, accompanied by text headlining his achievement and entry into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Caption reads: In all its history, the Southwest Conference track and field record that stood the test of time longer than any was the 24-9¾ long jump mark set by Mike Hale of Rice Institute in 1932. That was the best ever in an SWC Meet until Emmett Smallwood of Texas A&M leaped 25-1 in 1957. It has been a pleasant journey down life’s path for this native of Smithville, Texas through his Rice years from 1929 entrance to a B.S. degree in June of 1933. A stint coaching, then over 33 years of service with Dow Chemical Company before retiring in October of 1976 as safety director for the Dow Texas Division Petroleum Operations at Freeport. The SWC Record Book lists Mike Hale of Rice for three consecutive titles in the event then known as the “broad jump” in his varsity years of 1931 (23-6½), 1932 (24-9¾), and 1933 (24-6½). Hale and Harold Johnson, both from Smithville, scored a combined 47½ points to win a meet for the TNAC. Johnson attended Rice after Hale graduated. Hale also remembers Ed Holloway as a fellow co-captain of the 1933 Rice track team. He competed in football and basketball, in addition to track, for the Owls (“we did it all in those days,” he relates) as a teammate of Red Bale, later to become athletic director for Rice. He graduated from Smithville High in 1929, and was state broad jump champ in 1929, then placed 6th in the National Interscholastic Meet in Chicago that summer, prior to entering Rice in September of 1929. Mr. Hale was in Boy Scout leadership work, Little League and Teenage League coaching, and has held various offices with the Presbyterian Church. He married the former Agnes Morrison, a North Texas State graduate, in May of 1935. He and Mrs. Hale are proud of sons Mike and Bill, an attorney and a banker respectively. Mike Hale of Rice, a great champion.
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