Baseball hand-signs already in 1870s
laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Nov 8 15:19:39 UTC 2002
At 8:24 PM -0600 9/23/09, Gerald Cohen wrote:
>>From: "Peter Morris" <moxbib at voyager.net>
>>Date: Thu, 7 Nov 2002 22:02:52 -0500
>>Subject: RE: [19cBB] origin of baseball signs
>>It's true that McGraw's Giants tried communicating via sign language for a
>>brief time. But signs were being used in baseball as early as the mid-1870s
>>and were very common by the 1880s. So the idea that this was the earliest
>>use of signs is absurd. Nor was Taylor the only deaf-mute to play in the
>>majors in the twentieth century -- Deegan, Hoy, ...
Ah, Dummy Hoy. That's the one that was on the tip of my typing
finger. The others I hadn't heard of; wonder how many of them were
"Dummy X". Times have certainly changed.
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