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A documentary based on how hand signals came about in baseball. Who initiated them and their usefulness.


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Jim Hughes (screenwriter)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dreyfuss ... Narrator
Bob Feller Bob Feller ... Self
Brooks Robinson Brooks Robinson ... Self
Earl Weaver Earl Weaver ... Self
Larry Barnett Larry Barnett ... Self
Jim Evans Jim Evans ... Self
Danny Litwhiler Danny Litwhiler ... Self
Bobby Bragan Bobby Bragan ... Self
Fred Lynn ... Self
Ken Singleton Ken Singleton ... Self
Bill Werber Bill Werber ... Self
Robert Panara Robert Panara ... Self
Dorothy Seymour Mills Dorothy Seymour Mills ... Self
Peter Morris Peter Morris ... Self
Greg Rhodes Greg Rhodes ... Self


A documentary based on how hand signals came about in baseball. Who initiated them and their usefulness.

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Good Look at Signs in Baseball
2 July 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Signs of the Time (2008)

*** (out of 4)

Umpire Richard Klem and deaf baseball player William 'Dummy' Hoy are the subject of this documentary, which takes a look at how hand signals came into play in Major League Baseball. I watched this documentary shortly after going through the entire Ken Burns series BASEBALL and one subject that wasn't covered in that masterpiece were hand signals and other forms of things that helped break through that invisible wall from the fans in the seats to the umpires on the field. It appears that no one really knows how "safe" and "out" came to be but we get several examples from newspaper clippings as to where it might have started. Some credit umpire Klem for starting this while others go back a bit further to play Dummy Hoy who was deaf and needed extra communications. This is a pretty interesting documentary that tells us another side of baseball that some might not think of but its impact is still in everyone's mind today. Who doesn't know what safe, strike, ball or an out sign looks like? Richard Dreyfuss does a very good job with the narration and the interviews are also extremely well done.

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23 August 2008 (USA) See more »

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Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »

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Crystal Pix See more »
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1.78 : 1
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