Blast owner Ed Hale has been named the Advertising and Professional Club of Baltimore's Civic Citizen of 1991. He received the award during a luncheon at the Hyatt Regency yesterday.
Gov. William Donald Schaefer said that in purchasing the Blast two years ago, Hale helped "save downtown Baltimore," because the Blast brings people downtown.
Mayor Kurt Schmoke sent a proclamation declaring May 1 as "Edwin F. Hale Day" in the city, but Major Soccer League commissioner Earl Foreman upstaged that when he said:
"Over the last two years, Ed Hale has made the single biggest contribution to the sport of soccer in this country, bar no one."
Foreman alluded to Hale's efforts in MSL labor negotiations, which resulted in a salary cap for players, and to his efforts last summer to bring the National College Showcase All-Star Game to Baltimore, when the league had nowhere else to stage it.