Waukesha Journal, August 24, 1889




Even a deaf and dumb ball-player can kick against an umpire’s decision when it happens to be peculiarly aggravating. This was illustrated in one of the Chicago-Washington games last week, when Hoy, the little mute center-fielder of the Washingtons, made a silent but vigorous kick. Capt. Irwin, who was coaching at third, signaled the umpire’s call of each ball. When he held up two fingers of his right hand to notify Hoy that two strikes had been called, Hoy shook his head and held up two fingers of his left hand, indicating that he thought it must be two balls. Irwin answered by shaking his head and again holding up his right hand with two fingers outstretched. Hoy jumped out of the box, pounded his bat against the ground, and in a second made a dozen wild and wicked motions with his left hand. Billy Myer’s “windmill” guard with his left would not be a “marker” for Hoy’s work. A funnier spectacle has rarely if ever been witnessed on the grounds.

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