Edwin Hale

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Edwin Hale
Sport(s) Football, basketball, baseball
Biographical details
Born (1896-01-29)January 29, 1896
Jackson, Mississippi
Died March 25, 1983(1983-03-25) (aged 87)
Jackson, Mississippi
Alma mater Mississippi College
Playing career
1915–1916 Mississippi College
1920–1921 Mississippi College
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1928–1930 Millsaps
1933–1936 Mississippi State (assistant)
1937–1945 Ole Miss (assistant)
1963 Southern Miss (assistant)
1933–1935 Mississippi State
1942–1945 Ole Miss
1929–1931 Millsaps
1943 Ole Miss
Accomplishments and honors
All-Southern (1921)
Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame
Millsaps College Sports Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1963 (profile)

Edwin W. "Goat" Hale (January 29, 1896 – March 25, 1983) was an American football player for the Mississippi College Collegians who was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. After playing, he served many years as a coach.

Early years[edit]

Hale was born in Jackson, Mississippi and played high school football at its Central High School.[1] Hale got the nickname "Goat" playing there against Brookhaven in 1914. He battered through the line, scoring a touchdown, and ran past the end zone until his head hit a wooden building, loosening several planks.[1]

Mississippi College[edit]

"Goat" played quarterback at Mississippi College from 1915 to 1916 and again from 1920 to 1921, after serving in World War I.[1] He was nominated though not selected for an Associated Press All-Time Southeast 1869-1919 era team.[2] He was elected to the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1961, and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1963.[1] Hale was also inducted into the Millsaps College Sports Hall of Fame in 1970.[3] He is the name sake of the Hale in Robinson-Hale Stadium, wherein Mississippi College plays it home games. He stood 5'11" and weighed 170 pounds.

World War I[edit]

During the war he was wounded, reported missing, and found later in a hospital in France.


In 1921, Hale scored 161 points and gained 2,160 yards as he was selected All-Southern.[4] "Ten other players are on Hale's teams, but they are there merely to conform with gridiron rules."[5]


Hale died in 1983; he was 87 years old.


  1. ^ a b c d Edwin "Goat" Hale at College Football Hall of Fame
  2. ^ "U-T Greats On All-Time Southeast Team". Kingsport Post. July 31, 1969. 
  3. ^ "E. W. "Goat" Hale". 
  4. ^ "E. W. 'Goat' Hale". 
  5. ^ Cliff Wheatley (November 14, 1921). "Some Fine Battles Still on Boards". Atlanta Constitution. p. 8. Retrieved August 23, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read