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Former Buffalo athlete in baseball documentary showing Saturday

A former standout athlete at St. Mary's School for the Deaf in Buffalo has a prominent role in a documentary that's part of the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival.

Michael Barreca, who was a multi-sport star during his days here, plays William "Dummy" Hoy in "Signs of the Time," which explores the origins of the use of hand signals in baseball.

Hoy is considered the most accomplished deaf player in the history of the major leagues, and the film credits Hoy for bringing signs into the game.

It will be shown at 2 p.m. Saturday on screen two at the Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre, 639 Main St.

It's narrated by Richard Dreyfuss, and features interviews with baseball greats.

1:31 p.m.: Here's Paul M. Crowley, director of student affairs and support services at St. Mary's School for the Deaf, talks about Barreca's time at the school:

1:07 p.m.: Here's the trailer:

Here's the film's page on the film festival site. The festival kicks off today and runs through April 25. Check out this overview of the festival from Staff Reporter Mark Sommer.

Check back soon for audio clips from officials at St. Mary's.

--Aaron Besecker


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