Learn how a real man of CHARACTER overcame his hearing disability to become a professional baseball player. Suppose that you could not hear or you could not speak, and that you were much smaller than most people. Would you have the courage and persistence to succeed in reaching your dream to play Major League Baseball? Baseball great William “Dummy” Hoy did, and he became the fi rst deaf player to have an extended career in the major leagues. Because of his deafness, he was instrumental in creating hand signals between coaches and players that are still used in baseball today.