Tinker to Evers to Chance

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On October 14, 1908, the Chicago Cubs won their second consecutive World Series, little did they know it would also be their last title to date.

While everyone commiserates over the 10 year anniversary of the Bartman Ball, they are forgetting the 105 year anniversary of the last World Series win.

The five game series featured the Chicago Cubs who won four games and the Detroit Lions who won one.  The Cubs won game five 2-0 at Bennett field in Detroit.

The greatest double play trio to ever play the game Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers and Frank Chance were a major contribution to the Cub’s victories while they were together. They were unstoppable on the field. Franklin Pierce Adams wrote a poem about them in the July 10, 1910 edition to the New York Evening Mail. The odd part about their relationship was their ability to get along, anywhere. Tinker and Evers did not speak off the field, and they only made a verbal exchange when necessary off the field. Chance was the ‘glue’ in the trio. He summoned the others to California, where he lived, when he found out he was dying. They both made the trek to visit their dying friend and talk to each other off the field for the first time since 1905. He passed away in September of 1924.

The trio was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a lump in 1945, the last time their team appeared in the World Series.

These are the saddest of possible words:
“Tinker to Evers to Chance.”
Trio of bear cubs, and fleeter than birds,
Tinker and Evers and Chance.
Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble,
Making a Giant hit into a double –
Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble:
“Tinker to Evers to Chance.”

By Franklin Pierce Adams
New York Evening Mail July 10, 1910

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