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John Hale

athlete

Inducted February 21, 1991

Former major league baseballer John Hale holds a special distinction. He will be the first Wasco product to enter the Bob Elias Hall of Fame. Hale, who also played football, basketball, and golf at Wasco High, turned pro with the Dodgers, and fulfilled a boyhood dream when he was called up and donned a Dodger uniform for the first time. In his first major league at-bat, he doubled in the Astrodome off J.R. Richard. Over two games, he hit safely in his first four times at-bat in the majors. Hale was a member of two pennant-winning Dodger teams, played under both Walter Alston and Tom Lasorda and also played two seasons for the Seattle Mariners. In his final active season, he hit 27 home runs for Indianapolis of the American Association. Hale is now in real estate in Bakersfield.