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Author Jim Johnson gives a presentation about baseball in the early 1900s and about his book "Dummy Hanson: A Deaf Baseball Pitcher's Life in the Hearing World" June 17 at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society museum in Willmar. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)

Local author speaks about life, career of 19th-century deaf baseball player

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He never heard the crack of the bat or the cheers from the crowd, but that didn't stop him from earning a reputation as a strikeout pitcher.


Esten "Dummy" Hanson, a deaf baseball player from western Minnesota in the early 1900s, was the focus of a presentation last week by author Jim Johnson at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society.

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Ashley White

Ashley White is the community content coordinator for the West Central Tribune. Follow her on Twitter @Ashley_WCT.

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