Jacob, Richard Hershberger, Sox Scandal Research Committee discussed on Effectively Wild: A FanGraphs Baseball Podcast


So Jacob, a teed him up last time when we had Richard hershberger on. There's been a changing of the guard a passing of the baton here and Jacob is taking us through the first half or so of the 20th century, at least after Richard took us through the last half of the 19th century. So Jacob, as I mentioned, is sabers director of editorial content and he's also the chair of the black Sox scandal research committee. He is an expert on the black Sox. So when we get to the 1919 period, you will have plenty to choose from for past blast, but today we are talking about 1902 because this is episode 1902 and Jacob says the relevant newspaper quote is not very long or detailed, but it's the only contemporary mention of this really cool moment that's never happened before or since. So 1902, he says is the first and only MLB matchup of two deaf players. So on May 16th, 1902, a historic meeting took place at Cincinnati's brand new ballpark called palace of the fans. Two deaf players appeared in the same game for the first and so far the only time in major league history. In the bottom of the first inning, red center Fielder William hoy led off against Luther Taylor of the New York Giants as the Cincinnati inquired reported when hoy stepped up to the plate, he paused for a minute and used sign language to mark the occasion. This is the quote hoy signaled I'm glad to see you to his brother mute the newspaper says and then soaked a leadoff single to center. Hoy was almost 40 years old and in the final season of a decorated 14 year career, he went two for four and scored a run, but Taylor and the Giants won the game 5 to three. Hoi and Taylor were friends off the field and would remain so for the rest of their lives. Cool. They were part of a small baseball fraternity of deaf players in that less sensitive era nearly all of them were saddled with the unfortunate nickname of dummy. Because of their disability. Yeah. Baseball reference has since changed the display name for hoy. I believe I recall reading that he you just that nickname himself that he did not seem to object to it or at least he went along with it, but who knows. Certainly sounds derogatory to modern years. You will usually no longer see his name displayed that way. Yeah. Jacob continues after winning more than a hundred games for the Giants, Luther Taylor went on to teach and coach at schools for the deaf in Kansas and Illinois. One of his students, dick seip, made it to the big leagues with the reds in 1945, cyp was the only fully deaf player in the major leagues for 80 years until Curtis pride joined the Montreal Expos in 1993. Well, all right then. Good pass blessed. Yeah, good past bless. All right, thank you, Jacob. All right, that will do it for today. Thanks as always for listening. By the way, we talked about my trout streak of 6 consecutive games with a home run. Well, he made it 7 on Monday. He's now one short of the record set by Ken griffey junior, 8 games in a row. Just battling for second place in the AL home run race. Really

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