Evers with the Chicago Cubs in 1910
Fans watch Merkle's Boner from Coogan's Bluff, September 23, 1908
Evers with the Cubs, circa 1910
The 1906 Chicago Cubs
A 1911 Johnny Evers T205 Tobacco Card
Tinker, Evers, and Chance

The eight-line poem is presented as a single, rueful stanza from the point of view of a New York Giants fan watching the Chicago Cubs infield of shortstop Joe Tinker, second baseman Johnny Evers, and first baseman Frank Chance complete a double play.

- Baseball's Sad Lexicon

Evers was a part of a great double-play combination with Joe Tinker and Frank Chance, which was immortalized as "Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance" in the poem "Baseball's Sad Lexicon".

- Johnny Evers
Evers with the Chicago Cubs in 1910

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Chance with the New York Yankees in 1913

Frank Chance

American professional baseball player.

American professional baseball player.

Chance with the New York Yankees in 1913
Chance circa 1899 from The Sporting News
Frank Chance baseball card
Chance (left) shakes hands with Miller Huggins in 1923
Chance's Baseball Hall of Fame plaque

With Joe Tinker and Johnny Evers, Chance formed a strong double play combination, which was immortalized as "Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance" in "Baseball's Sad Lexicon".

Tinker with the Chicago Cubs in 1908

Joe Tinker

American professional baseball player and manager.

American professional baseball player and manager.

Tinker with the Chicago Cubs in 1908
Joe Tinker baseball card, 1912
Joe Tinker in a Coca-Cola ad from 1913
Charles Weeghman (left), James A. Gilmore (center), and Tinker (right) at the groundbreaking ceremony for Weeghman Park in 1914
Tinker Field in Orlando, Florida

With the Cubs, Tinker was a part of a great double-play combination with teammates Johnny Evers and Frank Chance that was immortalized as "Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance" in the poem "Baseball's Sad Lexicon".

Adams in the 1940s

Franklin P. Adams

American columnist known as Franklin P. Adams and by his initials F.P.A..

American columnist known as Franklin P. Adams and by his initials F.P.A..

Adams in the 1940s

During his time on the Evening Mail, Adams wrote what remains his best known work, the poem "Baseball's Sad Lexicon," a tribute to the Chicago Cubs double play combination of "Tinker to Evers to Chance."

Chicago Cubs

American professional baseball team based in Chicago.

American professional baseball team based in Chicago.

The 1876 White Stockings won the NL championship.
The 1906 Cubs won a record 116 of 154 games. They then won back-to-back World Series titles in 1907–08.
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A sports-related curse that was supposedly placed on the Chicago Cubs by Billy Goat Tavern owner William Sianis during Game 4 of the 1945 World Series.
Ernie Banks ("Mr. Cub")
Ryne Sandberg set numerous league and club records in his career and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2005.
Andre Dawson, 5× All-Star and 1987 NL MVP during tenure in Chicago
Sammy Sosa was the captain of the Chicago Cubs during his tenure with the team.
Kerry Wood, along with Mark Prior, led the Cubs' rotation in 2003.
Dempster emerged in 2004 and became the Cubs' regular closer.
Alfonso Soriano signed with the club in 2007.
Carlos Zambrano warming up before a game
Starlin Castro during his 2010 rookie season
One of two Cubs building blocks, Anthony Rizzo, swinging in the box
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Clark (left) with the Oriole Bird
Ron Santo
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Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown
Harry Caray

During this period, which has become known as baseball's dead-ball era, Cub infielders Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance were made famous as a double-play combination by Franklin P. Adams' poem "Baseball's Sad Lexicon".

After stepping on second base, Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Max Moroff throws to first base to complete a double play as Baltimore Orioles baserunner Seth Smith slides into the base

Double play

Act of making two outs during the same continuous play.

Act of making two outs during the same continuous play.

After stepping on second base, Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Max Moroff throws to first base to complete a double play as Baltimore Orioles baserunner Seth Smith slides into the base
Mickey Vernon was part of 2044 double plays in his 20-year career.

The most famous double play trio—although they never set any records—were Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers and Frank Chance, who were the shortstop, second baseman and first baseman, respectively, for the Chicago Cubs between 1902 and 1912.

Their double play against the New York Giants in a 1910 game inspired Giants fan Franklin Pierce Adams to write the short poem Baseball's Sad Lexicon, otherwise known as Tinker to Evers to Chance, which immortalized the trio.