The William Hoy Story




All William Ellsworth Hoy wanted to do was play baseball. After losing out on a spot on the local deaf team, William practiced even harder--eventually earning a position on a professional team. But his struggle was far from over. In addition to the prejudice Hoy faced, he could not hear the umpires' calls. One day he asked the umpire to use hand signals: strike, ball, out. That day he not only got on base but also changed the way the game was played forever. William "Dummy" Hoy became one of the greatest and most beloved players of his time!

Among the honors for The William Hoy Story:

Winner - 2017 Storytelling World Resource Award Honor Book

Finalist - 2017 North Texas Book Festival Best Children's Books

The William Hoy Story is also on several book lists:

2016 New York Public Library Best Books for Kids

2017 Texas 2x2 Reading List

2017 Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List

2017 Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College

2018 Illinois Monarch Award Master List

Do you want to join the campaign to get William Hoy in the National Baseball Hall of Fame where he would be the first deaf baseball player honored there? Send your letters and drawings to: 

James L. Gates Jr., Library Director 

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum 

25 Main Street 

Cooperstown, NY 13326

Send copies to Nancy on her contact page if you want your letters and drawings posted here, too! 

You will find a free downloadable Teachers Guide on the Albert Whitman site under Activities & Resources.