William “Dummy” Hoy

July 17, 2013
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by Allison Liu


I first heard of William “Dummy” Hoy on a show called Switched at Birth. Daphne, one of the deaf characters, during the first all ASL show ever aired on television, was talking to her friends about “drawing inspiration from all the deaf people who had paved the road before them.” She and her group of deaf friends were plotting a protest to save their school, Carlton School for the Deaf, and she mentioned probably the most accomplished deaf baseball player in history, and how he created the use of hand signals in baseball. I was fascinated.

It’s amazing to me how much of a difference a single person can make. They can literally change history, and that’s what William Hoy did. He changed the form of communication that would be used during baseball in the future.

Although, William “Dummy” Hoy would have gone down in the books even if he had not been deaf, because he was an amazing player. He hit the first grand-slam in the American League and finished his career after playing a record number of games (1,792) in the Major Leagues! When I learned of Hoy, to me he was not only a great baseball player, but a source of inspiration and a symbol of chasing after my goals.

Comments for William “Dummy” Hoy

May 16, 2015

Great summary

by: Patricia Robles

I also picked Dummy Hoy as my favorite person. But I really like how you mentioned that you heard about him in Switched at Birth because I love that show!

Aug 08, 2013


by: Anonymous

Is there a link about somewhere to petition him into the hall of fame? I’ll sign.

Jul 18, 2013

Dummy Hoy

by: Anonymous

Thanks for making a comment about Dummy Hoy. You don’t realized how much efforts I had been trying since 1989. If more join the band wagon, Dummy Hoy be elected in the National Baseball Hall of Fame easy.
Currently there is a small group of people who are working on to get the major feature film on Dummy Hoy to start. Already there are three perspective documentary on Dummy Hoy out right now, you can find them via Google or Bing.
Once again, we need more people like you to spread the support on Dummy Hoy.


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