2020/04/13

DeafDigest Sports – April 12-13, 2020

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— college deaf athlete

— elite deaf athlete

— deaf woman in pro wrestling

— Deaf HORSE

— deaf head coach in NFL

— deaf baseball player signs a minor league contract

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Note: there were no DeafDigest Sports
editions in the past few days – due to scarcity
of deaf sports in the news lmost every day!

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deaf baseball player signed to a minor league contract

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100 Years Ago

April 12, 1920

Noah Downes has gone into professional baseball. This local athlete has
signed a contract to play the outfield for the Petersburg club of the
Virginia League this season. That league opens on the twenty-second of
this month. Downes is well-known locally and is one of the best all-around
athletes ever turned out at any local institution. He was formerly a
student at the Maryland State School for the Deaf before he matriculated
with Gallaudet College.

note:

don’t know if Noah actually played minor league baseball in the
1920 season – but minor league records (not always that 100 percent
complete) show him playing for the Frederick Hustlers team in the
Blue Ridge League in the 1928 season (8 years later).

As a hitter, he hit .273 (12 of 44) in 16 games. Did he hit any
homers or drove in runners, do not know because records are
incomplete.

As a pitcher, he had a 6-5 record in 13 games, total of 92
innings pitched. Again, his ERA stats is incomplete.

Noah attended Gallaudet in 1918-19 and 1919-20 before
dropping out. He very probably played for the Gallaudet
baseball team in the 1919 season (Gallaudet Almanac
did not list members of the 1919 baseball team).

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Deaf Horse

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Tamika Catchings, recently inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Hall of Fame, is defined by her world defense and relentless driving to
the rim during a 15-year career in the WNBA.

The former Indiana Fever star is considered one of the best to play the
women’s game, period. She is a championship winner, MVP, and five-time
Defensive Player of the Year.

It is a testament to her production on the court that her education as a
hearing impaired girl in both ears who moved across the country in sixth
grade after her parents divorced is largely overshadowed by her basketball
resume.

Catchings’ appearance at the NBA HORSE Challenge on Sunday, then, is
another celebration of what he has accomplished with the ball in his
hands.

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Deaf head coach in NFL

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Cleveland Browns

The 1970s started with Blanton Collier as the coach, but he had to retire due
partly to difficulties with hearing loss that had started to affect his ability
to coach.

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college deaf athlete

Sam Forden

rising junior

football

Murray State University (Kentucky, NCAA-I)

played 5 games in 2019

but posted no stats in these five games he played

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elite deaf athlete

how many deaf women fighters do we have?

DeafDigest Sports editor only has one deaf woman –

Aubree Thompson

and she has not fought since 2017. Has she retired
from fighting or unable to get new fights?

Do not know.

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deaf woman in pro wrestling

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Hearing-Impaired Pro Wrestler Christina “C-Bunny” Sarni

Christina Sarni was born with a hearing-impairment caused by nerve damage

Wrestling has been a big part of my life. I grew up listening to Hulk
Hogan telling me to eat my vitamins and say my prayers, snapped into a
Slim-jim because of the Macho Man Randy Savage, smelled what the Rock was
cooking, and crotch chopped every kid in middle school that disagreed with
me. I still watch wrestling these days, and fortunately, the wrestling has
gotten better, but the character building and storylines have not. Being
C-Bunny is a triumphant true story that a screenwriter simply could not
write up.

In Being C-Bunny, Christina Sarni elaborates on how she overcame numerous
difficult obstacles in life to see her dreams come true. Christina was
born with a hearing impairment, making it difficult to do everyday tasks
that most people take for granted. Christina was often last picked in team
sports and had no friends in school because of the impairment. As you can
imagine, her school years were even rougher to deal with than most. After
high school, Christina decided to create an alter ego in order to change
the way others would see her and how she felt about herself. Thus C-Bunny
was born. C-Bunny would appear as a hip-hop dancer on a television show
being judged by dancer and singer Paula Abdul.

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random deafsports thoughts

What is one of DeafDigest Sports editor’s regrets?

That he never met, nor interviewed Noah Downes (see baseball
above) before he passed away. He lived in Baltimore and worked
for a dairy farm in the area. Noah was never present at these
deaf social events in the Washington-Baltimore greater metro
area. His younger deaf brother, Leonard, was a long time
Gallaudet employee, well known by everyone on the campus.
Leonard, however, never talked about Noah.

DeafDigest Sports editor interviewed many, many past
deaf sports heroes, but Noah wasn’t one of them.

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