Dick Caswell, a Gallaudet hall of fame basketball
player during the fifties, refereed high school
and college games in the metro Washington, DC
for years until he retired.
Dick was hard of hearing and was normally able
to hear his own whistle.
One game, he had a bad cold and had problems hearing
his own whistle. He blew his whistle during one play,
but panicked when he couldn’t hear it, thinking
the whistle malfunctioned.
Instead he ran all over the floor, waving his arms,
telling the players the play has stopped.
The players gave him a strange look – because they
heard the whistle while he couldn’t hear it.
It was probably one of his embarrassing moments as