Hale says Blast will show its old colors SOCCER

April 16, 1991|By Bill Free

Baltimore Blast owner Ed Hale announced last night that the team will return to its original flashy combination of red, orange and yellow uniforms next season after an ill-fated experiment with blue and gray last season.

Hale said: "I realize when I make a mistake. When you lose all the games we did, so much for blue and gray. We're going to change the design a little, but we're going back to red."

Hale received a loud ovation when he made the announcement at the Baltimore Blast Fan Club Appreciation Dinner at La Fontaine Rouge on Belair Road.

"I'm superstitious, and that's another reason I'm changing," he said.

The Blast had the worst season in its 11-year history last season (21-31) after finishing second to the San Diego Sockers in the 1989-90 season. Hale decided before last season to change the traditional red and orange to the blue and gray, the colors of Sparrows Point High School, from which he graduated.

Pam Phillips, a Blast fan for seven years, said: "Hallelujah. I neved liked the blue and gray. The red uniforms stood out and were something special. The blue and gray looked like everyone else."

Midfielder Billy Ronson was honored by the Blast Fan Club as the team's Most Valuable Player for 1990-91, and forward Domenic Mobilio was chosen the Offensive MVP and the Offensive Player of the Year. Defender Mike Stankovic received the Unsung Hero Award and was chosen Defender of the Year.

Bruce Savage was chosen the Defensive MVP.

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