deaf-players-in-professional-baseball

BIO SKETCHES OF DEAF PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL PLAYERS

 

Barksdale, Tommy – two seasons, independent minors (2014-15)

 

Barnes ‑ first name (?), was said to play for Wichita in Western League, 1910’s

 

Browning, Pete ‑ was said to be deaf but no information

 

Burson, Frank ‑ played for Larned in 1910

 

Cote, Henry ‑ said to play for Erie in the New York‑Pennsylvania League in 1891 and

also two seasons in majors (1894‑1895 with Louisville)

 

Cranford, Lawrence ‑ played few games for New Orleans in Southern League, 1924

 

Cummings, George ‑ pitched for Waterloo in 1895

 

Curtis, Paul ‑ pitched in the minors, 1901‑1907

 

Damilowski, Leonard ‑ many teams in lower minors, 1949‑1953

 

Deegan, W. John ‑ pitched one year with NY Giants, 1901

 

Dix, Harry ‑ pitched one season, 1907 in minors

 

Downes, Leonard – pitched one season, 1928 for Frederick Hustlers, Blue Ridge League

 

Dundon, Edward ‑ pitcher, majors 6‑20 career record; minors 66‑47; career record in

1880’s.

 

Fields, Jocko ‑ played in majors 1887‑1892; deafness not verified

 

Flanagan, Skip – played 2015 in the independent North County Baseball League, hitting .263

 

Fuller, Dalton ‑ played in minors one season, 1901

 

Funkhouser, William ‑ infielder, minors, 1890 & 1897

 

Gately, Patrick ‑ Brooklyn Association, 1890’s

 

Gately, Thomas ‑ played for Lowell, 1914

 

Gillies, Tyson – played in minors for 11 season in the 2000’s-10’s but never reached majors

 

Gorgen, Scott – pitched six seasons in minors during 2000-2010’s but never reached majors

 

Hale, Henry ‑ pitcher, minors, pitched briefly for Atlanta in 1907

 

Hamilton, Nick – three seasons in minors, 2010’s

 

Harris, Jalen – three seasons with Brewers’ Rookie League teams

 

Hayes, Todd ‑ pitcher, class A teams, late eighties.

 

Hetzler, Hafford ‑ Keoukuk, 1911‑12; may have pulled off 2 triple plays in one game?

 

Hinch, Paul ‑ outfielder, minors, mid‑1950’s

 

Hines, Paul ‑ lengthy major league career, 1871‑1890 (said to become deaf after a

beaning at the tail end of his career; controversery rages on whether he made an

unassisted triple play in 1878 while he was still hearing)

 

Hoy, Dummy ‑ 1886‑1903, majors & minors, .288 career batting average; devised ball

& strike count

 

Grendell, Kevin, pitcher, Los Angeles Angeles minor league system

 

Ingram, Dummy ‑ played in 1897 Kansas State League, not verified (Charlie

Ingraham?)

 

Kautz, Eddie ‑ played for Dayton briefly in 1946

 

Ketchner, Ryan – pitched in minors 12 seasons, never made it to majors; 2000-12

 

Kihm, George ‑ played in minors, 1895‑1913

 

Kotula, Louis ‑ played for Tacoma in 1917 (may be confused with John Kotula ‑ played

for several teams in 1955)

 

Kourtis, Dmitri – pitcher, independent minor leagues, mid-2010’s

 

Leitner, George ‑ NY Giants, 1901; 1901‑1903 career in majors & minors

 

Lux, Frank ‑ Little Rock, Southern Atlantic League, early 1930’s

 

Lynch, Matt (Dummy) ‑ Chicago Cubs, 1948, 7 games, .286, 1 hr; deafness unverified

 

Lynch, Thomas ‑ pitcher, pitched one game for Chicago (NL), 1884, 7 shutout innings

(hurt arm), never played in majors again. Confusion and disagreement on whether that

Lynch was deaf.

 

McDougald, Gil ‑ infielder, NY Yankees, fifties, gradually lost his hearing after a

beaning.

 

Nimmo, Frank – third baseman, Norfolk, Virginia League, 1910’s

 

Payne, Wood ‑ played for Paducah, 1910 and Bristol, 1911

 

Pride, Curtis – played in the majors 11 seasons with a .250 career batting average

 

Rosson, Lester ‑ pitcher, several teams, early 1900’s; pitched against majors in

exhibition games

 

Rosson, Walter ‑ played few summers for Nashville around 1890‑1900’s

 

Ryan, John ‑ long career, 1889‑1912 in minors & majors (deafness not documented)

 

Ryn, John ‑ 1879‑1891, minors

 

 

Sawhill, Isaac ‑ minors, 1879‑1882

 

Sawhill, William ‑ minors, 1885‑1888

 

Shea, John ‑ Ogden & Erie teams in early 1910’s

 

Sly, Bud ‑ Owensboro, 1938‑1940

 

Sickles, Dummy ‑ played in 1897 Kansas State League

 

Sipek, Dick ‑ one season in majors, played from 1943‑1951 in minors

 

Solecitto, Austin – 12 games pitched 2016; independent league team Sussex County, NJ

 

Stephenson, Reuben ‑ 1891‑1898 minors, cup of coffee with Phillies

 

Sueme, Hal ‑ played in Pacific Coast League, late 30’s & early 40’s as backup catcher.

 

Taylor, Dummy ‑ pitched in the majors & minors, 1895‑1915, 115‑106 career record in

majors

 

Voiselle, Bill ‑ was hearing impaired during his major league career in forties but post‑career operation restored his hearing

 

Weschberg, Von ‑ pitched two seasons in the Cleveland and San Diego farm systems

in the early 90’s

 

Wickline, Dennis – was said to play for Asheville, NC farm team in the Phillies system

 

Woodward, Scott – played a season for Ogden team in the rookie-level Pioneer League, 2011