I.B. Hale, a two-time All-America tackle, was ranked among the very best of many great players during Texas Christian University's most triumphant football era. In 1937, Hale was on the TCU team that defeated Marquette in the first Cotton Bowl classic. As a senior, he played on the undefeated and untied 1938 national championship team that finished with a 15-7 victory over Carnegie Tech in the 1939 Sugar Bowl. Teammates included Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Davey O'Brien and center Ki Aldrich, both members of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, as well as their TCU coach, Dutch Meyer. Hale was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.