This week's review is a picture book biography: Silent Star: the Story of Deaf Major Leaguer William Hoy by Bill Wise.
William Hoy lost his hearing to meningitis during his childhood. He played baseball at the Ohio School for the Deaf and wanted to play major league baseball. Instead he learned shoemaking and eventually opened his own shop but played baseball for fun.
Here's sample: "One June day in 1885, a coach for an amateur baseball team passed through Houcktown. Always looking for new players, he stopped to watch the game behind the shoemaker's shop. The coach marveled at William's baseball skills."
William did go on to play professional baseball and was entered into the American Athletic Association of the Deaf's Hall of Fame in 1951.