from Dear Abby

FRITZ JUENGLING 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
  his teammates.
    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.,
          Morgan Hill

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

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