What's the origin of the hand signals used in baseball today?
In the early 1900s, the had a
pitcher named Luther H. Taylor. He was a deaf mute who was, in
an era of insensitivity, nicknamed "Dummy." Taylor lost a lot
of games due to his inability to communicate with his teammates.
, the manager of the Giants, was under enormous
pressure from the team's owner, the fans and the sportswriters
to trade Taylor. Instead, McGraw (who seems to have been a Giant
of a man) required the entire Giant team to learn . Once that was accomplished, McGraw used hand signals
to lead his team.
That's the origin of the hand signals that are used in baseball
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