Baseball Signs in ASL
With spring comes one of our favorite sports….baseball! The iconic game provides more than just a good time; it teaches kids teamwork, patience, hard work, and perseverance. Also, who doesn’t love to see their little ones in their cute uniforms?!
Many people are shocked when they find out a deaf child is on a sports team. There are some parents, friends, teachers, coaches or others that have safety concerns and/or concerns about how clear communication will occur.
Deaf children have hopes, dreams and interests just like everyone else. Given the opportunity, they can do whatever any other “typical” child can, except…hear! With a few minor adjustments on the coaches and team’s part, things will be smooth sailing! Adjustments like: learning basic signs, making sure you know how to get a deaf person’s attention, using visual cues, and/or using a sign language interpreter. Most of all, a good attitude and an open mind will make the biggest difference!
Throughout history, Deaf individuals have thrived and become famous in a variety of professions, sports included! Check out our Deaf History Month post to learn more about several of these important people and the impact they’ve made.
Did you know that there has been several Deaf professional baseball players? Most notably William Hoy, who set multiple records at the time that he played in Major league Baseball (MLB). Hoy is also credited by some sources with creating the signals used universally in baseball for safe and out calls. He played for several teams in MLB from 1888 to 1902, including the Cincinnati Reds.
Towards the end of Hoy’s career he battled against a fellow Deaf professional baseball player, pitcher Luther Taylor.
General Baseball Signs
ASL Signs: Baseball, Team, Game
Phrase: "My baseball team is the Giants."
ASL Signs: Catch, Throw, Hit, Strike, Home Run
Phrase: "I hit the ball far, and got a home run!"
ASL Signs: Pitcher, Catcher
Phrase: "My position is catcher."
ASL Signs: First Base, Second Base, Short Stop, Third Base, Left Field, Center Field, Right Field
Phrase: "My position is first base."
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