William Ellsworth Dummy Hoy was born May 23, 1862 in Houcktown, Ohio. Hoy was born hearing, but went deaf from meningitis at the age of three. He went on to graduate from the Ohio School for the Deaf as class valedictorian. After graduating, Hoy opened a shoe repair shop in his hometown. While playing baseballon the weekends, Hoy earned a professional contract with an Oshkosh, Wisconsin team in 1886. In 1888 Hoy was signed on by the Washington Nationals as only the third deaf professional baseball player ever. In his rookie year, he led the league in stolen bases and finished second with 69 walks. On June 19, 1889, he set a major league record (which has now been tied twice) by throwing out three runners at home plate from center field in
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