Hale was named Bad News by enemy pitchers. A good RBI man, twice exceeding 100 in a season, he hit for the cycle on July 12, 1958. He made the most errors among AL second basemen in 1934 and third basemen in 1935, but he led third basemen in assists in 1935 and 1936. One peculiar assist in 1935 came when the Red Sox loaded the bases against the Indians. Joe Cronin hit a line drive that conked Indians third baseman Hale in the head. Deflected to the shortstop on the fly, the ball was relayed to second base and on to first for a triple play.