The Silent Natural tells the true story of William “Dummy” Hoy, one of the first deaf Major League Baseball players, who not only overcame many obstacles to become one of the greatest players of his time, but also created the umpire hand signs for “strike” and “ball.” At the age of 24, William Hoy begins his professional baseball career as he grabs his spikes and boards a train headed for the minor league team in Oshkosh. Despite his diminutive size and deafness, William demonstrates explosive speed and a powerful arm. But he faces challenges far and above those of a “normal” new prospect. Unable to hear calls of the umpire, Hoy communicates with his third-base coach who relates the calls by signing. After two years in the minor leagues, Hoy signs with the Washington Senators in 1888 and leads the National League with 82 stolen bases in his rookie year — becoming Major League Baseball’s first deaf star.