Luther Haden “Dummy” Taylor
Taylor, a 5' 11" righthander, pitched for two National League pennant winners: the New York Giants, under the management of John J. McGraw, in 1904 and 1905. 1904 was Taylor’s best year—he won 21 games. He didn’t have the chance to pitch in a World Series game, though. He was noted for an eccentric corkscrew windup and his antics on the field, which included baiting umpires in sign language, a practice that occasionally backfired, as some umpires were sign-fluent. Although Taylor did some fine work as a pitcher, he had, arguably, more impact on Deaf sports as a football and baseball coach at the Kansas and Illinois schools for the deaf, turning out winning teams. Dick Sipek, the last deaf major-leaguer for nearly half a century, was Taylor’s protégé. Taylor’s life has been recounted in Darryl Brock’s meticulously researched semi-historical novel, Havana Heat (2000).
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