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William Ellsworth "Dummy" Hoy
Birth: May 23, 1862
Houcktown
Hancock County
Ohio, USA
Death: Dec. 15, 1961
Cincinnati
Hamilton County
Ohio, USA

Major League Baseball Player. He was born in Houckstown, Ohio and at the age of two lost is hearing due to spinal meningitis. He graduated as valedictorian from the Ohio School of the Deaf and returned to his hometown to make shoes and play amateur baseball. His professional baseball career began in 1886 when he was invited to play for Oshkosh, Wisconsin. His speed in centerfield and his quick bat soon drew the attention of major league teams and in 1888 he began his fourteen year major league career with the Washington Senators. He led the National League in stolen bases his rookie year with eighty-two. He spent most of his career with the Senators and the Cincinnati Reds. He had a lifetime .288 batting average, 2,054 hits and 1,004 walks. In 1900 the centerfielder had 337 putouts, 45 assists and a .997 fielding percentage. It is the only time an outfielder led the majors in all three fielding categories. He is one of only three major leaguers to throw three players out at home plate in one inning. Some baseball historians credit him for having an essential role in the development of the hand signals system that is used worldwide in baseball today. He retired in 1902 and spent twenty years building a successful dairy farm business outside Cincinnati. He also worked as a personnel director for Goodyear. He was the first person enshrined into the American Athletic Association of the Deaf's Hall of Fame and was also inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame. He died five months shy of his one hundredth birthday just months after throwing out the first pitch in a Cincinnati versus the New York Yankees World Series game. His body was cremated and his ashes were scattered in Lytle Park located on Fourth Street in Cincinnati. (bio by: Bigwoo) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Jacob Hoy (1819 - 1896)
  Rebecca Hoffman Hoy (1834 - 1901)
 
 Spouse:
  Anna Maria Lowery Hoy (1876 - 1951)*
 
 Siblings:
  Lyman Franklin Hoy (1853 - 1900)*
  John Freeman Hoy (1854 - 1931)*
  Smith Hoffman Hoy (1858 - 1939)*
  Infant Son Hoy (1861 - 1861)*
  William Ellsworth Hoy (1862 - 1961)
  Ora Ella Hoy Helms (1866 - 1893)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Ashes scattered in Lytle Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Bigwoo
Record added: Aug 19, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11566928
William Ellsworth Dummy Hoy
Added by: Bigwoo
 
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- sjm
 Added: May. 23, 2016
Uncle to Paul Helms, of Helms Bakery, Culver City, CA.
- Dear Jayne
 Added: Apr. 9, 2016
RIP Mr. Hoy. Side note, the first photo is of Luther "Dummy" Taylor, not Dummy Hoy
- RagtimeBaseballFan
 Added: Oct. 22, 2015
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