LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The trailer for “The Silent Natural” story of William “Dummy” Hoy will be shown for the first time at the Kentucky Deafestival in Louisville.
The event will be held at The Galt House, 140 N. Fourth St., Louisville. The trailer will be shown between 1 and 5 p.m. Sept. 1.
William Hoy, nicknamed “Dummy,” was an American center fielder in Major League Baseball who played for several teams from 1888 to 1902, most notably the Cincinnati Reds and two Washington, D.C., franchises. He was born in Houcktown, Hancock County, Ohio.
Hoy is noted for being the most accomplished deaf player in Major League history, and is credited by some sources with causing the establishment of signals for safe and out calls.
He held the Major League record for games in center field from 1899 to 1920, and retired among the leaders in outfield games, assists and double plays. He was also an excellent baserunner, scoring over 100 runs nine times, and often finishing among the top base stealers. His 1,004 career walks put him second in Major League history behind Billy Hamilton when he retired, and he also ended his career ranking eighth in career games played.