by Allen Meyer and Michael Nowak
A play in two acts

"Lively, leisurely, and inevitably moving"
The Christian Science Monitor

"Humor as direct and as open as a laughing face"
The Peninsula Times Tribune

"A perfect family show, instructive, fun, and never condescending"
Chicago Reader

Starting at a small, non-Equity theatre company in Chicago, The Signal Season of Dummy Hoy was swept to an off-Broadway production and has subsequently been produced another half dozen times around the country. Along the way, Dummy Hoy was a publicity magnet and the subject of features in such diverse media outlets as The New York Times, CNN, NBC's This Week in Baseball, the Chicago Sun-Times, the San Francisco Examiner, and Sports Illustrated, to name a few. From coast to coast, The Signal Season of Dummy Hoy has been enthusiastically received by audiences: deaf and hearing, baseball fans and not.
William E. "Dummy" Hoy played in all four major leagues during his career, from 1886 to 1903. His stats were great. (He's one of only three outfielders in history to throw three men out at the plate in one game.) But that's not the most intriguing thing about him. A deaf man, by most accounts Dummy Hoy was also responsible for baseball umpires' use of hand signals to call balls and strikes.

Allen Meyer and Michael Nowak have fashioned the legend of Dummy Hoy into a funny, moving, and irresistibly intelligent play, with the first lead role for a deaf male actor in theatre history.

Links to Information about William Ellsworth "Dummy" Hoy

The Dummy Hoy Homeplate

Hoy's Stats at

Dummy Hoy-Deaf Baseball Player