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A movie about Dummy Hoy? Sure, why not?

Mar 2, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

Dummy Hoy

A guy from here in Columbus, Ohio has written a movie about Dummy Hoy, the man who played for 14 years in the majors in the late 19th and early 20th century, stealing over 500 bases despite being deaf. The name: “The Silent Natural”:

Steve Sandy of Columbus has a screenplay ready for a movie about Dummy Hoy, the deaf-mute Reds Hall of Fame outfielder who was responsible for umpires using hand signals … “It will not be an entirely silent film like ‘The Artist’… Only the deaf roles would be captioned like ‘The Artist,’ ” he said … “It needs a gentle nudge in the right direction. The script is completed and ready to go,” he said.

Note: that bit about the hand signals for “safe” and “out” is disputed.  Many think that an umpire named Bill Klem did it. Sandy argues otherwise. Probably of no moment.

Anyway, they film needs investors. But I suppose if they walk into studios and try to pitch it as “The Artist, but on a baseball diamond!” they’ll get their money.  That’s how Hollywood works, right?

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Wow, he looks like a milkman.

  2. SmackSaw - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:11 PM

  3. mgflolox - Mar 3, 2012 at 2:47 AM

    Actually, the legend I heard was that umpires hand signals were developed for Luther “Dummy” Taylor, who was a turn-of-the 20th century pitcher.

  4. mgflolox - Mar 3, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    Also, a movie about “Dummy” Hoy is one I would definitely pay to see. Fascinating career, fascinating man.

  5. chiadam - Mar 3, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    I figured this was coming. Now, Hollywood (the least original place in the world) can beat two successful ideas into the ground: silent movies and baseball movies. It’s “Moneyball” meets “The Artist,” so it can’t miss! $100 says they find a way to have Sandra Bullock adopt Dummy Hoy. Or he might save the world from an alien invasion. One or the other.

    • mox19380 - Mar 5, 2012 at 2:56 PM

      what’s with all the cynicism. Sure hollywood beats ideas into the ground. But this would be pretty near territory to explore in sports as far as I’m concerned. Money Ball was less about players and more about a changing landscape. And comparisons to the Artists (which I know you did not begin) are off point as well as that was a film about changing eras.

      This would be a movie about a guy who despite disability succeeded AND who’s disability affected the way we watch and experience sports.

      • mox19380 - Mar 5, 2012 at 2:59 PM

        sorry I meant…. “this would be pretty *new* territory to explore

  6. mox19380 - Mar 5, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    in our [modern] sensitive pc world the nickname of “dummy” would probably considered a hate crime … which isn’t necessarily a bad thing

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