The William Hoy Story

The William Hoy Story

How A Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game

Book - 2016
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Traces the story of the deaf baseball player, who, after securing a position on a professional team for hearing players, endured prejudice and requested the use of hand signals that became a part of how the game is played today.
All William Ellsworth Hoy wanted to do was play baseball. After losing out on a spot on the local deaf team, William practiced even harder -- eventually earning a position on a professional team. But his struggle was far from over. In addition to the prejudice Hoy faced, he could not hear the umpires' calls. One day he asked the umpire to use hand signals: strike, ball, out. That day he not only got on base but also changed the way the game was played forever. William "Dummy" Hoy became one of the greatest and most beloved players of his time!
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Albert Whitman & Company, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780807591925
Characteristics: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Tuya, Jez - Illustrator


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greenfox737 Nov 08, 2017

Great picture book biography of William Hoy, an American baseball player in the early days of the game. William Hoy did not let his deafness nor discouragement from others hold him back from playing the game he loved. He even helped the sport by contributing to the baseball hand signs still used by umpires today. A must read book for young baseball fans and anyone who loves a story of someone who rises to a challenge.

ArapahoeMollie Jan 26, 2017

This children's biography of William Hoy gets a home run in my book! Great pictures support the story of a deaf player who introduced American Sign Language to the baseball world.


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