January 6, 1991
He is successful by any measure: a self-made multimillionaire, a world traveler, a fine athlete, a man who counts among his friends a senator, a governor, a mayor.So why was Ed Hale so nervous at a recent charity auction? Why, for a few unsteady moments, did he find himself deploring his decision to put himself on the block to benefit the Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Central Maryland?"I can't describe the feeling when they say the big event of the evening is a night out with Ed Hale," he reflected a few weeks after the fact, sitting in his office with its antique furniture, Oriental rugs and huge bay window overlooking not only the Port of Baltimore, where his trucking and shipping businesses are centered, but all of the city.
May 12, 1991
An article in Sunday's Business section misreported the ownership position of Legg Mason Inc. shares of Baltimore Bancorp.A mutual fund directed by Legg Mason owns about 540,000 shares, and Legg Mason customers hold about 700,000 shares in individual accounts. The shares in the individual accounts are voted, for purposes of electing Baltimore Bancorp directors, by the individual clients. Legg Mason's fund managers vote the shares in the mutual fund.The Sun regrets the error.In the parking lot of the Anchorage marina, Edwin F. Hale Sr. pops open the trunk of his navy-blue Lincoln and tosses his tennis bag inside next to his fishing equipment and shotgun.
June 6, 2012
The city's Board of Estimates on Wednesday approved a six-month extension of naming rights for 1st Mariner Arena . The spending panel awarded the temporary extension to Arena Ventures LLC, which is run byEdwin F. Hale, the former CEO of 1st Mariner Bank. The extension was listed as a "month-to-month" deal that begins June 30 and ends Dec. 31. Arena Ventures has been in charge of advertising at the arena since 2002 and selected 1st Mariner as the arena's title sponsor. The extension allows the city more time to issue a request for proposals for naming and advertising rights, once Arena Venture's contract expires at the end of the month, officials said.
September 7, 2005
In the lobby of the Anchorage Towers in Canton, someone's swept the coins at the bottom of a burbling fountain into the shape of an anchor. Clearly that's not where Ed Hale's been throwing his money. Fourteen flights up in the penthouse, Hale, chief executive officer of 1st Mariner Bank, developer and owner of the Baltimore Blast professional soccer team, has used more than a little of his spare change to create a swank bachelor pad with breathtaking views of the city he has literally worked his way to the top of. But Hale wants to cash out and trade up. To move just feet down Boston Street into the top of a 17-story office tower he's building there, Hale is selling the condo he spent a decade molding to fit his definition of man-about-town luxury.
October 23, 1998
This is the second time around for Ed Hale, indoor soccer team owner. And this time, he says, things are going to be different.In fact, even as Hale attempts to recreate the popularity of the 1980s Blast, which played to near capacity at the Baltimore Arena, things are already different.This time, Hale goes into a Blast season knowing he won't lose money. Already, sponsorship packages totaling more than $1 million have been sold.This time, Hale has gained influence in the business community and is using his business savvy to make a success of his franchise.
December 7, 2003
It was dusk when 1st Mariner Bank chairman Edwin F. Hale Sr. left a meeting in his Canton office to drive west across town to the Baltimore civic arena that bears his bank's name. The official unveiling of 14 giant billboards on the arena's exterior was only two days away, and the gray-haired banker, in jeans and a navy Polartec jacket, watched closely as workers in cranes smoothed wrinkles on the ad promoting his professional indoor soccer team, the Baltimore Blast. He wanted to be sure that the Times Square-style signs looked good, because plenty of people were upset about them - including Peter Angelos, the prominent attorney and Orioles owner who has redeveloped property just blocks away on the city's west side.