William Hoy, Baseball Pioneer (1862-1961)

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Portrait of William Hoy

William Hoy

William Ellsworth Hoy inspired me because he played baseball with a disability.

He had meningitis as a little boy. Meningitis is when this liquid that is near your brain and it gets damaged. In result he became deaf at the age of three. After that he was known as “Dummy Hoy” because “dumb” was used as a name for someone who could not talk.

He had a wife who was also deaf, and they had six children who could all hear.

1888 through 1902 he played center fielder for several Major League baseball teams. The teams that he was especially known for were the Cincinnati Reds and the Washington Nationals.

When he retired his stats were .287 batting average, 2044 hits, 1426 runs, 726 R.B.I., 248 doubles, amazing 121 triples and 40 home runs.

Some of his accomplishments are being able to play baseball with a disability. Another one is he made it into the Reds Hall of Fame.

He created the “safe” and “out” signs in baseball.

If I was him I would be really mad and hide somewhere where no one would find me but he had a winning attitude.