Silent Star: The Story of Deaf Major Leaguer William Hoy (Giveaway!)
Posted Jul 16 2012 3:50pm
When I was a kid, I remember my dad telling me the story of the origin of the football huddle. The story goes that Gallaudet University quarterback Paul Hubbard invented the football huddle in the late 1800s, out of frustration that opposing teams could read sign language and gain knowledge of upcoming plays. I liked the story, both because it was interesting, and because it showed that deaf athletes could play and even influence sports.
When I was contacted by Lee & Low Books to ask if I would like to take a look at the book Silent Star: The Story of Deaf Major Leaguer William Hoy , I definitely appreciated the chance to be able to read about another deaf athlete. Lee & Low Books also sent me a copy to give away to one of my readers. If you would like to enter to win this copy, check the end of this post for instructions.
Silent Star, which is by Bill Wise (illustrations by Adam Gustavson), takes us through the life of William Hoy. William, or "Dummy" as he actually came to prefer to be called (the term was acceptable in the 19th century), was deafened by a bout with meningitis in his childhood. Hoy never gave up on his dream of playing baseball in the major leagues. This book vividly describes his experiences growing up and proving his abilities to be able to move up in the baseball ranks. Hoy retired from baseball over a century ago, but his accomplishments still rank up there with today's notable players. According to the book, he is "one of only three outfielders to record three assists to home plate in one game and is the only outfielder ever to lead a major league in assists, putouts, and fielding percentage in the same season."
In order to play, Hoy had to overcome initial skepticism as well as difficulty with the mechanics of the game itself (not being able to hear the umpire's calls meant he had to turn and look at him after each pitch, leaving him unable to see the pitcher getting ready to throw another ball). The book is an inspiration, showing how Hoy beat his obstacles and became very successful.
I would like to give away a copy of this book to one of my readers. To enter, leave me a comment below. After July 26, 2012, I will choose a winner randomly. Please make sure you leave a way for me to get in touch with you (email address) in your comment (or make sure you are logged in to Google to comment). US/Canadian address only, please.