William Elsworth, Dummy Hoy, was born on 23 May, 1862 and died on 15 December, 1961. William Elsworth was an American center fielder in Major League Baseball who played for several teams from 1888 to 1902, most notably the Cincinnati Reds and two Washington, D.C. franchises. William Elsworth is noted for being the most accomplished deaf player in major league history, and is credited by some sources with causing the establishment of signals for safe and out calls. William Elsworth became deaf after suffering from meningitis at age of 3, and went on to graduate from the Ohio State School for the Deaf in Columbus as class valedictorian. William Elsworth became the 3rd deaf player in the major leagues, after pitcher Ed Dundon and catcher Tom Lynch. William Elsworth also worked as an executive with Goodyear after supervising hundreds of deaf workers during World War I. In 1951 he was the first deaf athlete elected to membership in the American Athletic Association of the Deaf Hall of Fame.
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