IBCA Hall of Fame

Hale Swanson

Name: Hale Swanson

Year Inducted: 1978

Category: Players

Schools / Organizations:
(Chicago Heights) Bloom High School
The University of Illinois
Hammond Caesars


Hale Swanson was the first all-state basketball player at (Chicago Hts.) Bloom HS.  Twice Hale was named to the All South Suburban League and all-state teams in 1931 and 1932.  An all-around athlete, Swanson was a three year letterman in both basketball and baseball at the University of Illinois.  Later he played professionally with the Hammond (IN) Caesars.  Then for 20 years, Hale was a high school official.  For 12 of those years he also officiated in the Big Ten Conference.  Professionally, Hale was an industrial engineer with Ford Motor Co.