Way back in the early fifties, the Sporting News ran a story
on Bill Schyman, a DePaul University basketball player,
and the story headline said he was deaf and blind!
Deaf, yes. Blind, no way! But Bill had to play with his
eyeglasses. That was the reason why the writer described
him as blind.
His play earned him a DePaul Hall of Fame honor. His
biggest thrill was defeating LaSalle twice in one season,
the same season that LaSalle was NCAA national champions.
NBA’s Baltimore Bullets drafted him and he played a few
pre-season games with that team. The Harlem Globetrotters
purchased his contract to play for the opposing team
that would play the Globetrotters every night. After
two years touring the world, he went back to USA and
had a great AAAD career with these Chicago, Buffalo
and Washington, DC teams. He also played for USA
in the Deaflympics and in the Maccabiah Games.
He also coached Gallaudet basketball for a number of
years in the sixties.