The Power of Disability by Al Etmanski

The Power of Disability by Al Etmanski

Author:Al Etmanski
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Published: 2019-02-08T16:00:00+00:00

Did You Know . . . the First Bicycle Was a Wheelchair

In 1655, Stephan Farffler, a Nuremberg, Germany, watchmaker, invented a three-wheeled device called a manumotive carriage. It is believed that Farffler either had a spinal cord injury or had had his legs amputated. He moved the carriage by turning a hand crank attached to the front wheels. It was the first self-propelled wheelchair and the forerunner of the tricycle and bicycle.

Did You Know . . . Hand Signals in Baseball

Hand signals in baseball were devised by William Hoy in the late 1800s. Hoy was a center fielder who holds the record for throwing three runners out at the plate in a single game and hitting the first-ever grand slam home run in the American League. He was also deaf. He had to ask his coaches whether a ball or a strike was called. While awaiting their answer, the pitcher often sneaked in a quick pitch, striking the batter out before he was ready to swing. Hoy devised hand signals that the third base coach could use to relay the umpire’s call so that he could keep his focus on the pitcher.

Nowadays, more than one thousand silent instructions are given during a regular nine-inning baseball game.


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