DeafDigest Sports – June 25, 2018

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Hot DeafSports News at:

— Dummy Hoy’s big honor

— random deafsports thoughts

— big honor for Gallaudet soccer coach

— one football schedule turned in; one more to go

— Robinson’s all-star performance

— Wisconsin’s hall of fame athlete departs us

Deaf Sports Collections update
— 5-time deaf fencer at hearing olympics

DeafSports picture of the day


2018 football schedule – updated

one school turned in its schedule; just one
school remain that have not yet turned in the

the list remains the same as is

go to:

and scroll down until you see the schedule

just hope two remaining schools will respond
before all schools close up for the summer


Gallaudet women’s soccer

GU’s Meghan Maiwald completes NCAA Women’s Coaches Academy in Denver

DENVER – Gallaudet University women’s soccer assistant coach Meghan
Maiwald became the first deaf woman graduate of the NCAA Women’s Coaches
Academy when she completed the course here this past week.

The NCAA Women Coaches Academy, hosted in partnership between the Alliance
of Women Coaches and the NCAA, is a four-day educational training
available to NCAA coaches of all experience levels, and is designed for
women coaches who are ready to increase their individual effectiveness by
learning advanced skills and strategies that directly affect their
personal and team success. This is the 45th NCAA Women Coaches Academy

“The NCAA Women’s Coaches Academy, hosted by the Alliance of Women Coaches
(AWC), has given me the opportunity to build my professional skills,
create inspired networks and connections with 48 other women coaches
throughout the United States, and added depth to my understanding of the
intricacies of coaching,” said Maiwald. “I am honored to be the first deaf
woman coach graduate and grateful for the support from the Gallaudet
Athletic Department.”

prior to coming to Gallaudet to help women’s soccer program, she was a
goalie with the Santa Barbara City College and then with San Jose State
University, always a starter at both colleges. She also played in the
Women’s Premier Soccer League. Her brother Sean played Gallaudet football.


Arkansas footbsll

report from coach Tommy Varner about Shaq’ke Robinson’s
appearance at the state high school all-star game (11 man)

Shaq’ke started the game at Defensive tackle and played all of first
quarter and 3/4 of the second half. He had three tackles and three QB
hurries. He did a fantastic job.

The introduction of the players was pretty cool. Shaq’ke’s teammates
knows Shaq’ke is Deaf. The introduction starts at the end zone, upon
the players name belong closed, they are to run midfield. What
Shaq’ke’s name as called all of his teammates raised and waved
their arms in the air.  That was pretty awesome.

It was a good week! It was a surreal experience!! The coaches were
impressed with Shaq’ke.

this has become his last high school game. Next step is as a
walk on at Henderson State University, a NCAA-II program. Not
bad for Shaq’ke who was left with no team when Arkansas Deaf
suspended the sport in 2017, only to join a nearby 11-man
high school team.


Wisconsin athlete departs us

Kenneth Lee Hewitt, age 64, passed away peacefully on June 21,
2018, surrounded by family.

He graduated high school from the Wisconsin School for the Deaf (WSD) in
1972, where he was an exceptional football, basketball, and track athlete.
He was honored into WSD’s Hall of Fame for athletics in 2008.


SABR 48: Dummy Hoy selected as Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend for

William Ellsworth “Dummy” Hoy has been selected as SABR’s Overlooked
19th Century Baseball Legend for 2018. The announcement was made June 23,
2018, at the Nineteenth Century Committee’s annual business meeting held
at SABR 48 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In May, members of SABR submitted their votes for the 2018 Overlooked 19th
Century Base Ball Legend — a 19th-century player, manager, executive or
other baseball personality not yet inducted into the National Baseball
Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Previous Overlooked Legends were Pete Browning in 2009, Deacon White in
2010, Harry Stovey in 2011, Bill Dahlen in 2012, Ross Barnes in 2013, Doc
Adams in 2014, Tony Mullane in 2015, Jack Glasscock in 2016, and Bob
Caruthers last year. White became the first Overlooked Legend to be
inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013.

Hoy played 14 seasons in four major leagues, spending the most time in
Cincinnati and Washington of the NL. Hoy was deaf and had difficulty
speaking. Despite his challenges, he was among the best center fielders
and leadoff hitters in the game. He accumulated 2,048 hits, 1,429 runs,
121 triples, 596 stolen bases and 1,006 walks while hitting .288 with a
.386 OBP. In 1901, at the age of 39, he played for the American League
champion White Stockings, leading the league in walks and hit by pitches.

When he retired, he ranked ninth in games played, second in bases on
balls, fourth in stolen bases and sixth in hit by pitches. He was the
career leader in games played in center field (1,727) until 1920.

Some historians credit Hoy with umpires using hand signals for balls and
strikes and safe and out calls, but their view is open to question.
Historian Bill Deane challenges that claim. Deane said, “We can find no
contemporary articles about Hoy, or even any written while he was alive,
that claim a connection between Hoy and the umpire’s hand signals–much
less any claim by Hoy himself.” Bill Klem, a showboating umpire who
began his umpiring career two years after Hoy retired, is officially
credited with inventing hand signals as noted on his Hall of Fame plaque.
Still, the deaf boy from Ohio became one of the best players of his era
and lived to be 99 (at the time, a record age for a former major league

Hoy is the only player two score 100 or more runs in a season in four
major leagues, doing so in the Players League (1890), American Association
(1891), National League (1892–94, 96, 98–99), and American League
(1901). From a sabermetric perspective, Hoy was worth 32.6 Wins Above
Replacement (WAR) in his career. At the time of his retirement, that
ranked 44th among batters and sixth among center fielders. Hoy also holds
the distinction of being the only player to achieve a 2+ WAR season in
four major leagues. He peaked with 4.3 WAR as a member of the 1888
Washington Nationals in the National League. He also earned 4.2 WAR with
the 1901 Chicago White Sox in the American League, 3.4 WAR with the 1891
St. Louis Browns in the American Association, and finally 2.6 WAR for the
1890 Buffalo Bisons of the Players League.

Hoy was an Overlooked Legend finalist every year since 2013. This year, he
finished just eight points ahead of runner-up Jim Creighton. Here are the
final election results, with their point totals:

Dummy Hoy, 418 points
Jim Creighton, 410
Bobby Mathews, 391
Charlie Bennett, 369
Paul Hines, 355
Tommy Bond, 350
Al Reach, 348
Chris Von der Ahe, 330
George Van Haltren, 307
George Stovey, 295
Dickey Pearce, 225

Pete Browning (2009) was also deaf and was by far a much better
hitter than Dummy Hoy. This is not to say Hoy is not deserving
of the Hall of Fame, though! Browning had a troubled life whereas
Hoy led a distinguished life after his baseball days.


random deafsports thoughts

Some states allow deaf school students to play sports at
nearby high schools if their original school does not have
that sport.

It is not always the case that all deaf students would
take advantage of opportunities to play sports at
high schools. A few do, but most don’t. Something
to do with being comfortable playing with and
communicating with the deaf, as opposed to be
“lonesome” as the only deaf athlete on the
high school team.