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William "Dummy" Hoy

William HoyDummy Hoy was a deaf baseball player. He was born in 1862 and died in 1961. His nickname is "Dummy" Hoy; his real name is William E. Hoy. The Oshkosh Club of the Northwestern League gave him the name "Dummy" because he couldn't hear. He was the first deaf Major League baseball player. He played baseball for 17 years, from 1886 to 1903.

ball and baseball batHe invented the signal of strikes and balls because he could not hear the umpire shouting if it was a strike or not. Raising one hand means strike. If the umpire just said nothing, it means a ball. Dummy Hoy needed to know if it was a strike or a ball.

Gallaudet University, which is a deaf college dedicated their on-campus baseball field to William "Dummy" Hoy, on April 8, 2001. The baseball field’s name is "Hoy Field."

Dummy Hoy played 1,784 games and had a .292 average in 17 years of baseball. He died of a stroke at the age of 99.