A report on Double play and Johnny Evers

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
Evers with the Chicago Cubs in 1910
Mickey Vernon was part of 2044 double plays in his 20-year career.
Evers with the Cubs, circa 1910
A 1911 Johnny Evers T205 Tobacco Card

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

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.

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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

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Fans watch Merkle's Boner from Coogan's Bluff, September 23, 1908

Baseball's Sad Lexicon

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1910 baseball poem by Franklin Pierce Adams.

1910 baseball poem by Franklin Pierce Adams.

Fans watch Merkle's Boner from Coogan's Bluff, September 23, 1908
The 1906 Chicago Cubs
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.

Chance with the New York Yankees in 1913

Frank Chance

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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

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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".

With Frank Chance, the team's first baseman, the trio first played together on September 13, 1902, and collaborated on their first double play on September 15.

Adams in the 1940s

Franklin P. Adams

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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."

The position of the second baseman

Second baseman

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Fielding position in the infield, between second and first base.

Fielding position in the infield, between second and first base.

The position of the second baseman
Nap Lajoie was the first second baseman to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Cover of a 1905 how-to booklet

The second baseman often possesses quick hands and feet, needs the ability to get rid of the ball quickly, and must be able to make the pivot on a double play.

Johnny Evers