Baseball season is HERE and we are nearing the end of Deaf History Month, so it’s the perfect time to talk about William “Dummy” Hoy! Hoy grew up in Ohio and attended the Ohio School for the Deaf after contracting meningitis at the age of three. While owning a shoe repair store and playing baseball on the weekends for his local team, he was the third deaf player to be picked up for the Major Leagues after signing with the Washington Nationals.
“Dummy” Hoy was 5’4″, batted with a left hand, and was fast. His career is full of impressive stats, including stealing bases and even holds the record for most outs thrown to home plate in a game! (And it’s only been tied twice!) He ended up playing in four different major leagues, including for the Buffalo Bisons, the Chicago White Sox, and the Cincinnati Reds. He even had a famous faceoff between another deaf player, “Dummy” Taylor of the New York Giants (a pitcher), and hit twice!
Hoy finished his career with a .287 batting average, 2044 hits, 1426 runs, 726 RBIs, 248 doubles, 121 triples and 40 home runs. He also had 487 stolen bases!