Release Date: 
Thu, 04/18/2013

WXXI Public Broadcasting

280 State Street. PO Box 30021

Rochester, New York 14603-3021


Kristin Tutino, Publicist: 585/258-0253


For Immediate Release

(Rochester, New York) April 18, 2013 – Signs of the Time, a documentary film produced by Crystal Pix of Fairport, NY, received three New York Emmy® Awards at the 56th Annual New York Emmy® Awards gala on Sunday, April 14th in New York City. The documentary reveals the myth and mystery behind one of the greatest innovations of baseball - umpire hand signals. The film won in the following categories: Documentary, Musical Composition/Arrangement (Rob LaVaque), and Editor: Program (Ray Manard).

WXXI presented Signs of the Time to a national audience through American Public Television, securing more than 200 stations in 144 markets and 42 states to broadcast it.  The documentary premiered on WXXI-TV to the Greater Rochester viewing area in May 2012, and was met with great critical acclaim.

Produced and directed by Don Casper and narrated by Academy Award® winning actor Richard Dreyfuss, the film tells the story of two fascinating characters from baseball’s past – the 19th century deaf ballplayer William “Dummy” Hoy and the father of modern umpires, Bill Klem. Hoy and Klem are both attributed to devising umpire hand signals, but among baseball historians there is significant controversy over which of these men actually came up with them. Shot in high-definition, Signs of the Time has enjoyed critical acclaim at film festivals across North America and has received "Best Documentary" awards five timesFor more information about the film, visit

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