I. B. Hale
Born(1916-09-09)September 9, 1916
DiedMay 14, 1971(1971-05-14) (aged 54)
OccupationFBI Agent
College football career
TCU Horned Frogs
Personal information
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight246 lb (112 kg)
Career history
CollegeTCU (1937–1938)
Bowl gamesSugar Bowl (1939)
High schoolWoodrow Wilson (Dallas, TX)
Career highlights and awards
  • All-American (1937, 1938)
  • Texas Sports Hall of Fame

Insall Bailey "I. B." Hale (September 9, 1916 – May 14, 1971)[1] was an American football tackle at Texas Christian University (TCU) who was voted an All-American. He was drafted in the first round of the 1939 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, but never played football professionally.

Hale was married to the former Virginia Kingsbery, and the couple had at least three sons (twins Robert Allen Hale and William Hale, and Timothy Hale).[2] Hale became a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent in Fort Worth, Texas and was a close associate of J. Edgar Hoover.[3] Later he became chief of security for the Convair aircraft factory[4] and General Dynamics, and was a chairman of ASIS International.[3] Hale died of a heart attack in 1971.[3]

Hale was best friends with Heisman winner Davey O'Brien, who played football with him at Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, Texas and also at TCU. They both worked for the FBI.

Hale was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.[3]


  1. ^ "I.B. Hale Biography". ASIS. Retrieved 2008-10-15.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Douglas Jr., Jack (December 9, 2007). "The strange story of Papa Pilgrim". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. p. A10.
  3. ^ a b c d "The Dark Side of Robert Hale". Wrangell St. Elias News. Archived from the original on 2013-01-28. Retrieved 2008-10-15.
  4. ^ Gillespy, James (April 30, 1959). "Bride's Death Ruled Accidental". The Dispatch. LXXVII (202). Lexington, Kentucky. UPI. p. 16. Retrieved August 19, 2015.