William "Dummy" Hoy Pro Baseball player

  • (1862 - 1961) is the professional baseball player who is widely revered for ... being the first deaf baseball player.  Part of what makes Dummy so relevant to deaf and hard of hearing baseball fans around the country is the fact that he implemented signs for umpires so that he could follow the play - a distinction that was never attributed to him.

    Dummy Hoy said, My two wishes in life are to live to be 100 years old and be in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

    Mr. Hoy missed his first wish by dying at the age of 99, having thrown out the first ball in the third game of the 1961 World Series in Cincinnati. It is our fervent hope that he will get his final wish. We urge you to carefully consider the following:

    Hoy's Career Achievements:
  • 8th all time in double plays by an outfielder (retired as #2)
  • 14th all time in assists by an outfielder
  • 2nd all time in steals by a rookie (82 in 1888)
  • 1st outfielder to lead league in three categories in one year: putouts, fielding average and assist hits in the
  •  First grand-slam in American League (1901)
  •  Mordecai Brown Player of the Decade (1890-1899)
  •  Most Inspirational Superstar of the 1890's
  •  5th all all-time best rookie season by a centerfielder (1888)
  •  Threw out 3 men at home plate from centerfield in one game (June 19, 1889 and is the only person to achieved this impossible feat!)
  • 1st Chicago White Sox Free Agent (April 14, 1900)
  • 17th all time in steals (retired as #3)
  • National League Rookie of the Year (1888) retroactively

    David Risotto has recently completed a documentary on the life of Dummy Hoy, and is spearheading the effort to get him inducted in time for 2014.

 Also David Risotto and Steve Sandy are at work in producing a feature film/motion pictures, The Silent Natural The Dummy Hoy Story and hoping to have it shooting in Ohio soon.

If you are interested in purchasing  A Deaf Hero you can go to
David Risotto's website: www.dummyhoy.viviti.com

More information in facebook, William "Dummy" Hoy.

Veterans Committee Screen Member

National Baseball Hall of Fame

25 Main Street

P.O. Box 590

Cooperstown, NY 13326

Dear Committee Members:

As past season, there have only been a few number of deaf baseball players in the professional leagues.   We believe that despite the fact that  William Ellsworth Dummy Hoy deafness, in a time where most deaf people were looked down upon, Dummy's talent, persistence and achievements, continue to inspire both hearing and deaf baseball fans and players in schools, colleges and little leagues everywhere.

We respectfully submit our request for induction in 2014 at Cooperstown.

 Thank you.


Sign Petition
Sign Petition
You have JavaScript disabled. Without it, our site might not function properly.

Privacy Policy

By signing, you accept Care2's Terms of Service.
You can unsub at any time here.

Having problems signing this? Let us know.