2020/04/28

DeafDigest Sports – April 22-28, 2020

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— random deafsports thoughts

— elite deaf athlete, world champion

— part of White Sox history is wrong

— comment from a past MSSD baseball player

— British deaf soccer player remembers USA deaf soccer

— a college remembers its deaf NFL player

— a freshman swimmer in college

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

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FIVE FASCINATING LONG DRIVERS TELL THE STORIES BEHIND THEIR SUCCESS

part of posting – one of them is deaf – Kyle Berkshire

Berkshire’s downswing might be the most powerful in golf history, the
consistent 150-mph-plus clubhead speed and 230-mph ball speed
substantially higher than his competitors. He has won his last three WLD
events, including the championship in September 2019, and his goals are
even loftier. “I just started serious training for the first time,”
Berkshire says. “To now, my results have mostly been due to genetics, and
we’re addressing that. The goal is to produce 240-mile-per-hour ball speed
within a couple of years, and I totally believe that’s possible.”

Berkshire, who has 42 percent mid-frequency hearing loss in both ears, a
condition since birth (he barely can hear the roar of the crowd when he’s
competing).

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Chicago White Sox history

part of posting

1901
The White Sox played their first regular season game as part of the
“officially”-recognized American League. In fact, it was the first game
ever played in the league overall. They beat the Cleveland Blues, 8-2.
Outfielder William “Dummy” Hoy got the first White Sox at-bat.

Hoy was a deaf-mute, and in order for him to understand what the umpires
were calling, the arbitrators came up with a series of hand signals
indicating safe/out/ball/strike. (And in spite of our modern sensitivities
to such a nickname, Hoy embraced the name and insisted on being addressed
as “Dummy,” not William.)

note:
not true that arbitrators (umpires) came up with hand signals.
Our early deaf baseball players came up with thise signals
and the umpires agreed!

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comment from a past MSSD baseball player

as edited from a tweet

from a tweet

Your question touched a soft spot for many! My ans: even though my parents
were Deaf teachers and school administrators, I never had a  Deaf teacher
(other than PE) until MSSD. Ditto then for my first Baseball coach.
Mind-blowing.

note:
that baseball coach was Sandy Ewan; he coached two seasons and was famed
for his discipline, even to the point of ordering his shaggy haired ball
players to get neat haircuts. If they refused, they would sit on the
bench! Ewan coached in the late eighties/early nineties.

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British deaf soccer player remembers USA deaf soccer

from tweet

Deaflympics 2009 in Taiwan, we lost 3-1 to USA in final group game,
they had 3 shots and scored all, we had 21 shots, we got knocked out and
went onto win the rest of 4 games, we only lost once in that tournament,
we were the best. Very frustrating.

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a college remembers its deaf NFL player

part of posting

Top 10 Most Unusual Division 1 team names

2. Governors/Lady Govs — Austin Peay State University

Notable Sports Alumni: Bonnie Sloan, first deaf player in the NFL

note:
Austin Peay State University had another deaf player; he was redshirted
as a freshman and then transferred to Gallaudet to play football.
After playing for a season, he left Gallaudet and never again
played football.

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college deaf athlete

Isaiah Skiple

rising freshman

men’s swimming

North Dakota State

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elite deaf athlete

Kyle Berkshire – see above story

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random deafsports thoughts

no major deaf sports news, just snippets here and
there of deaf related sports stories. Just wish
there were major deaf sports news; maybe some day
next week?

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http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

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Order a copy of the new Gallaudet University Men’s Basketball History Book

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men’s basketball program is excited
to announce online ordering information for those fans, alumni, etc.,
interested in purchasing a copy of the Gallaudet University Men’s
Basketball History Book (1904-2019) written by Gallaudet Athletics Hall of
Famer Barry Strassler.

The book made its debut back on February 15, 2020, at the annual Alumni
Madness Day. The Bison men’s basketball program held a reunion that
evening where Stassler signed copies of the book.

For those not in attendance, you can now purchase your own copy for $35
apiece and $8 for shipping. Please allow two weeks to receive the book.
Purchase here: https://app.mobilecause.com/form/LQ60XQ?vid=73t7e

If you have any questions, please contact Gallaudet men’s basketball head
coach Kevin Kovacs at kevin.kovacs@gallaudet.edu.