The William Hoy Story by Nancy Churnin Book Review

The William Hoy Story: How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game by Nancy Churnin
Illustrations by Jez Tuya
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Release Date: March 1, 2016

All William Ellsworth Hoy wanted to do was play baseball. After losing out on a spot on the local deaf team, William practiced even harder eventually earning a position on a professional team. But his struggle was far from over. In addition to the prejudice Hoy faced, he could not hear the umpires' calls. One day he asked the umpire to use hand signals: strike, ball, out. That day he not only got on base but also changed the way the game was played forever. William "Dummy" Hoy became one of the greatest and most beloved players of his time!"

Sometimes I read a book and I feel rather stupid for not ever wondering why something was a particular way. I always assumed that the hand gestures used in baseball where a part of the game from the beginning. I am so happy to hear that there is such a rich an interesting story behind something that has become an integral part of a beloved sport. William Hoy didn't overcome his disability, but rather used it to enhance a sport that he worked so hard to be a part of. Churnin doesn't shy away from tough subjects, like rejection and prejudice, which makes the story feel so much bigger than its picture book format.

Another great picture book biography that will easily earn a place in school libraries and home bookshelves.  Perfect for students who are baseball enthusiasts and not.