I’m always on the lookout for great children’s books to give my grandchildren and great-nieces and –nephews.
So I enjoyed visiting with author Nancy Churnin about her new book, “The William Hoy Story,” an inspiring and educational tale about an influential Major League Baseball player who was deaf. I immediately bought a copy for my 4-year-old great-nephew.
Last weekend she read from the book in Shreveport, and an interpreter from the Betty and Leonard Phillips Deaf Action Center of Louisiana signed her words.
Proceeds from all book purchases at Barnes & Noble Saturday benefited the Deaf Action Center. The benefit continues through today (March 24) with online purchases at bn.com, if you put in the book fair number, 11833704. For more information on the center, including sign-language classes, see http://deafactioncenter.org.
Baldwin City, Kan., is a mere 50 miles from Kauffman Stadium, the home of the Kansas City Royals, this year’s American League champion. It is where Luther Taylor, who was known as Dummy Taylor, was buried in 1958, the year his former team, the Giants, began play in San Francisco, having moved from the Polo Grounds in Upper Manhattan.
Taylor was a pioneering pitcher, a colorful and charismatic character who could neither hear nor speak but who could throw a baseball with expertise. He helped the Giants win their first World Series of the modern baseball era, in 1905, and bridged a gap between hearing and nonhearing athletes, and he remains a unique link between Kansas City and the Giants.
During Taylor’s time with the Giants, from 1900 to 1908, many of his teammates learned to sign, and Taylor kept them laughing — and sometimes winning — for much of his career.
“He stands as an inspiration to many people,” said Sandra Kelly, a former teacher and principal at the Kansas School for the Deaf, where Taylor starred in baseball and later coached, in Olathe (pronounced oh-LAY-tha), a city 20 miles southwest of downtown Kansas City, Mo. “It’s pretty clear from the stories how much his teammates loved and respected him.”
Kelly is now the executive director of the Deaf Cultural Center here, which sits directly across the street from the school. The center houses a museum with an exhibit dedicated to Taylor, one of the school’s most celebrated graduates, along with Paul Hubbard, who is said to be the inventor of the football huddle.
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