Silent Star

The Story of Deaf Major Leaguer William Hoy

Wise, Bill, 1958-

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Silent Star
"A biography of William "Dummy" Hoy, who pursued his love of baseball and became the first deaf player to have a long career in the Major Leagues, where he accumulated records and top-ranking statistics. Includes an afterword, author's sources, and historical photograph"--Provided by publisher.

Publisher: New York : Lee & Low Books, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 1600604110
Branch Call Number: J B Hoy W
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gustavson, Adam Illustrator


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Oct 26, 2013
  • KristiBernard rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

How hard would you work to follow your dreams? What if you couldn't hear, would you give up? Not William Ellsworth Hoy. He wanted to play baseball and the odds were against him but he made it through.

William Hoy grew up in Houcktow, OH. When he was three years old he became very sick and lost his hearing. When William was ten years old he went to a school for the deaf and learned to play baseball. He loved it and he was good at it. But, in 1879 the only thing a deaf person was allowed to do was manual labor. He worked in a shoe shop and eventually bought it. In the back he set up a baseball field where he played with teens when he had time.

In 1885 Hoy was approached by a coach who recruited players for an amateur team. Hoy's baseball career was set into motion. Author Bill Wise shares a remarkable story that would engage any young reader, baseball enthusiast, or child with disabilities. This intriguing story shares facts and beautifully illustrated pictures bring Hoy's career and struggles to life.


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