The article "A Life of Pride and Many Feats" by Gary Pomerantz front page, July 13 contains one glaring inaccuracy. It states that according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only deaf player ever to enter the major leagues was William Ellsworth Hoy.
There were six deaf major leaguers. In fact, 15 known deaf baseball players (including those six) have played at least a game in the minors.
These six players were:
Mr. Hoy, the player mentioned above, outfielder, Cincinnati Reds, 14 years, 557 stolen bases, .312 best season average in 1894 and .288 career average.
Luther Taylor, pitcher, New York Giants, 113-109 career mark and best season mark of 22-15 in 1904, nine seasons.
Dick Sipek, outfielder, Cincinnati Reds, 1945, .244 in 82 games, 38 hits in 156 at bats.
Reuben Stephenson, outfielder, Philadelphia Phillies, 1892, .270 with 10 hits in 37 at bats.
George Leitner, pitcher, Philadelphia Athletics and New York Giants, 1901, Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox, 1902. Career marks were 0-2 in 32 innings with 5.34 ERA.
John Deegan, pitcher, New York Giants, 1901, 0-1 record.
I am looking forward to the day Mr. Pride becomes the seventh deaf major leaguer. He, however, is the first deaf person to play in the minors after Dick Sipek hung up his spikes in 1950 after a long successful career.