Monday, July 16, 2012

Silent Star: The Story of Deaf Major Leaguer William Hoy (Giveaway Now Closed)

Update: The giveaway has closed and the winner is Maevy's Daddy. If this is you please get in touch with me so that I can send you your copy of the book. Thanks to everyone.

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.

The book is available on Amazon here.

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.


  1. I'm a new reader, as I'm also a new Dad to a 2-month old with hearing loss and we're looking for all the info and help we can find. Yours is a great blog we've already come to use a bunch. I'm also a big baseball fan (Go NATS!), and one of the first things I searched about was deaf baseball players. I saw the story of William Hoy (and some others), and continue to hold out hope that the only thing holding my boy from the Majors is his connection to my own lack of physical prowess.

    1. Hi Maevy's Daddy - thank you for the nice comments! I'd love to send you the book but am not seeing any way to get in touch with you on your Blogger profile. Could you send me an email at hearing sparks at gmail dot com and we can work out a way to get you your copy? Thanks :)

  2. Hi. I'm from UK as you know. So I know I can't enter. But I just wanted to let you know I did a review of this book too. I enjoyed it. And enjoyed reading your review. Here's mine.

    I am going to put a link in the above post link I share, so readers can read your review too.

    1. Thanks Liz! I enjoyed your review.

    2. Thank you. And your welcome.


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