Dummy Hoy

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June 27, 2013 by Elizabeth Metz

Hoy

Center fielder, 1894-1897, 1902. Inducted 2003.

Widely considered to be the most accomplished deaf player in Major League history.  Talented outfielder known for his speed (allowing him to play shallow) and his strong arm, he set a Major League record, since tied, by throwing out three runners at home plate in one game.  A fine hitter as well, his Reds career batting average sits just below .300, and his on-base percentage just below .400. He lived to age 99, a record at the time among retired Major Leaguers, and threw out the first pitch at Game 1 of the 1961 World Series.

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