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Please Help Us Honor Baseball’s First Deaf Player!

December 12, 2007

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Please Help Us Honor Baseball’s First Deaf Player and Get Him Inducted into the Hall of Fame!

Avid Cincinnati Reds Baseball Fan, Steve Sandy, and filmmaker David Risotto, have worked together to create a documentary on the life and achievements of William Ellsworth “Dummy” Hoy, the first deaf baseball player in history.

We would like you to sign a letter that you can print from our website and send it to David so the National Baseball Hall of Fame can hear our collective voice.

His induction is not important because he is deaf, but because of his achievements at a time when the deaf community was largely ignored. He broke professional league records, some of which he still holds today. He just did it. Find out why we believe he deserves a spot at Cooperstown.

Please click the link below to access our website to help us get him inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Click to enter Dummy Hoy Link or type ( http://www.insightcinema.org/dummyhoy.html )

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  1. P.A.D.
    December 12, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    “He made Thousands of fans cheer but never heard one”

    Ugh. That’s so corny 🙂

  2. DUMMY HOY fan
    December 13, 2007 at 3:13 am

    I heard Movie postpone from Dec 30 2007 to??

    I hope it come out GOOD MOVIE. It might heklp him get in Hall of Fame

    we really depend on MOVIE to help them understand more history of Dummy HOY

    December 16, 2007 at 12:33 am


  4. December 19, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    Thousand fans cheer and never heard one is a fact. Dummy Hoy can’t hear a lick.
    What you see here is a documentary instead of a movie. these two words are different. Documentary and movie. Currently we are working on to create a feature film (movie) but serious funding is needed to start.
    There is no movie ever made on Dummy Hoy. If you wish to work with us, seek in the web site and sign your name that you support this and we will inform the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

  5. belle
    December 21, 2007 at 10:50 am

    Sorry, Dummy Hoy was not baseball’s first deaf player. Ed Dundon played before Hoy. He didn’t play long, but he did play first. Had a list handy. It’s not a complete list, but it’s helpful.

    Dummy Dundon 1883 – 1884 (Edward Joseph Dundon) Pitched for the Columbus Colts
    Dummy Hoy 1888 – 1902 (William Ellsworth Hoy)
    Dummy Stephenson 1892 – 1892 (Reuben Crandol Stephenson)
    Dummy Deegan 1901 – 1901 (William Joseph Deegan)
    Dummy Leitner 1901 – 1902 (George Michael Leitner)
    Dummy Taylor 1900 – 1908 (Luther Hayden Taylor)
    Dummy Murphy 1914 – 1914 (Herbert Cortland Murphy)
    Dick Sipek 1945 – 1945
    Danny Lynch 1948 – 1948
    Curtis Pride 1993 – 2006

    Did you know that there were three deaf guys on the 1901 New York Giants Roster? Dummy Deegan, Dummy Leitner, and Dummy Taylor.

    Then in 1902, the Cleveland Blues had Taylor and Leitner on their roster.


  6. belle
    December 21, 2007 at 12:38 pm

    Ryan Ketchner can be added to the list above. He played for the San Diego Padres in 2007.

    While still in High school, he met Curtis Pride.

    Another mentoring relationship is Luther Taylor and Dick Sipek. After Taylor retired, he coached baseball and Sipek was one of his protegees.


  7. December 28, 2007 at 10:32 am

    Belle, You are correct Dummy Dundon is the first to play in the pros, but Dummy Hoy is the 5th. 1)Dundon 2)Sawhill 3)Ryn 4)Sawhill 5)Hoy and the rest as you mentioned. You will see 2 Sawhill as they were cousins not brothers. Ohio School for the Deaf holds the first Deaf high school baseball team. Unless otherwise proven.
    As for Dick Sipek, he wrote to me a letter how he met Dummy Hoy and how hand signals was introduced. Stating that Hoy taught the umpires to use hand signals.

  8. belle
    January 15, 2008 at 9:39 am

    hey, thanks for the info. I was reading up on baseball-almanac.com and that’s where I was developing my list. neither sawhill is listed there, and ryn isn’t either. do you have first names for them? or tell me where you got the info about them being in the pros? tks!

  9. belle
    January 15, 2008 at 9:50 am

    And I see that I am missing Luis Figueroa from my list.

    Luis Figueroa 2B, SS, LF 2001 – still active
    Pittsburh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, San Francisco Giants

  10. Mad Doc
    February 18, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    My apologies for the delay, heres the answer, Edward J. Dundon, Issac H. Sawhill, John Ryn, William L. Sawhill, and William Hoy.

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