Any people of color here? If not, I choose William Hoy

by Patricia

(Salt Lake City, UT, USA)

William Hoy was a very bright man. After completing his high school education, he set up a shoe repair shop and played baseball on the weekends. He was so talented and played so intelligently that he progressed to playing professionally, even in Major League Baseball. He established a number of records, including bases stolen and outs at home base. Reportedly he was a quick runner.

Hoy played professional baseball from about 1888 to 1902. This article says he was responsible for the signs used in baseball, but Wikipedia states it probably was some other people.

After Hoy’s baseball career, he and his wife (also deaf) operated a dairy farm. He certainly was not afraid to try new things! Some of his children grew up to be community leaders, including a judge and a state representative.

I am sad that all of the deaf listed in this brief history are (or seem to be) Caucasian. I would prefer to chose a deaf person who is also Latino, Black or Native American (or other race.)

Apparently I will need to look at other references for this information. It’s sad to see minority groups eliminated here, just as in the hearing culture.

Comments for Any people of color here? If not, I choose William Hoy

Feb 20, 2013

Great submission!

by: Michelle Jay (Webmaster)


Hi Patricia,

What a great submission! Fortunately, the assignment isn’t limited to the people mentioned in this article. We actually have a huge list of famous deaf people (minorities included) on this page: https://www.start-american-sign-language.com/famous-deaf-people.html. I thought you might be interested in checking it out. 🙂

God bless,

Michelle Jay


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