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January 15, 2001

A NEW AFFILIATION
FOR HOY COMMITTEE

In November 2000, the "Dummy" Hoy Committee voted to transfer its affiliation from the USA Deaf Sports Federation to MSM Productions, Ltd., the parent company of DEAF.com, which designed and hosts the "Dummy" Hoy Homeplate (Website). The new affiliation will make for a more effectively organized Committee and efficiently run outreach campaign.

The Committee’s official title and subtitle are:

The William "Dummy" Hoy Committee

Hall of Fame/Outreach Campaign

Its mission is twofold:

  1. Hall of Fame Induction Campaign–to get William Ellsworth "Dummy" Hoy elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame;
  2. Outreach & Education–to conduct an ongoing outreach campaign to increase public awareness of the achievements of Hoy and other deaf baseball players.

Other projects include purchasing Hoy memorabilia and artifacts for a possible mini-museum, and helping to get Hoy inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.

To raise funds for the Committee, MSM Productions, Ltd. also plans to design and sell commemorative pins and T-shirts, among other items.

Matthew S. Moore, President of MSM Productions, Ltd./DEAF.com, is serving as President of the Hoy Committee. Randy Fisher of Belmont Hills, PA, who previously chaired the AAAD/USADSF Hoy Committee, continues as Vice President. His responsibilities remain the same. Steven R. Sandy of Columbus, OH, is in charge of Special Projects. Other Committee members, including Robert F. Panara of Henrietta, NY, also continue in their old capacities. A new Advisory Board will consist of well-known figures in the Deaf Sports and baseball communities. The first appointments will be announced later.

Work on the first full-scale biography of Hoy progresses, as new material comes to light.

For more information, and to read about the Committee’s Hall of Fame Induction Campaign, visit the "Dummy" Hoy Website at http://www.dummyhoy.com.

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