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Get Hoy in the MLB Hall Of Fame

Support WIlliam "Dummy" Hoy get in the Major League Baseball (MLB) Hall of Fame.

Link: William "Dummy" Hoy


Your Support is Needed!

Repeated efforts to get William “Dummy” Hoy induced into the National Baseball Hall of Fame have been ongoing for years. A short description of Hoy’s life and achievements that would verify his eligibility for this honor is listed below.

Hoy was born in 1862 in northern Ohio, Graduated from Ohio State School for the Deaf, and began his baseball career in 1886. He played for several major league teams from 1888 to 1902. He passed away in Cincinnati in 1961 at the age of 99.

Hoy was a small man, 5’4” – 5’5 tall, weighing 145-155 pounds, probably the shortest major league outfielder in history. During his rookie year in the majors (1888), he led the National League with 82 stolen bases, a record that tops those of some of the most celebrated Hall of Famers.

His proudest achievement was his throwing out three base runners at home plate from centerfield in one game – an unprecedented and seldom-equaled feat!

Hoy had a respectable .288 (.292 according to other sources) lifetime batting average. He played in 1798 major-league games. He was gentlemanly and polite, well-liked by his teammates and never got thrown out of a game for misconduct – quite a feat in those unruly days!

Most importantly, it was Hoy who played a pioneering role in the creation of the hand signals which are still in use are still in use at today’s baseball games throughout the world.

When Hoy began his professional career, the umpire’s calls were shouted. While at bat, Hoy had to ask his coach if a ball or strike had been called. The opposing pitcher took advantage of Hoy’s distraction, quick-pitching him, sending out the next pitch before he was ready. Hoy wrote out a request to his third base coach asking him to raise his left arm to indicate a ball and right arm for a strike. Hoy could follow the hand signals after each pitch and be ready for the next.

The umpires and other players found these signals so useful that the signals become a standard practice – they’re still in use everywhere. Hoy had adapted the “out” and “safe” signs from ASL. Thus, the intricate system of baseball hand signals – the umpire’s, manager’s, outfielder’s calls – now used in all levels of baseball and softball are traced to him.

Ever since the Hoy Committee began to actively campaign for his induction, they have often brought Hoy’s case to the attention of the Veterans Committee of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, which included on the annual ballots several times but year after year, Hoy has been bypassed in favor of players with less impressive careers.

Without “Dummy” Hoy, baseball just wouldn’t be the same. He deserves to be recognized for his achievements – not myth, not folklore, not legend, but the hard, cold facts.

Please help and sign the petition for William “Dummy” Hoy to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by clicking on the link above.

Thank you!
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