from Dear Abby
juengling_fritz at SALKEIZ.K12.OR.US
Thu Nov 7 21:33:36 UTC 2002
Ironic that this post about John McGraw should come right now. Just one minute ago I sent a message about John McLoughlin and while looking up his entry in the Encyclopedia Americana and came across John McGraw's, which I naturally read. No mention of any sign language.
>>> zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU 11/07/02 01:14PM >>>
a recent column tells the following story:
In the early 1900s, the New York Giants had a pitcher
naned Luther H. Taylor. He was a deaf mute who was, in
an era of insensitivity, nicknamed "Dummy." Taylor lost
a lot of games due to his inability to communicate with
John McGraw, the manager of the Giants, was under enormous
pressure from the team's owner, then fans and the sportswiters
to trade Taylor. Instead, McGraw required the entire Giant
team to learn American Sign Language. Once that was
accomplished, McGraw used hand signals to lead his team.
That's the origin of the hand signals that are used in baseball
Stephen Redmond, M.D.,
Dear Abby thanks dr. redmond for "a fascinating tidbit of
information" (intended to be encouraging to a disabled
extremely dubious information. but what i'm interested in is
any history of *the story*. has anyone investigated its sources?
arnold (zwicky at csli.stanford.edu)
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