Tinker with the Chicago Cubs in 1908
Evers with the Chicago Cubs in 1910
Joe Tinker baseball card, 1912
Evers with the Cubs, circa 1910
Joe Tinker in a Coca-Cola ad from 1913
A 1911 Johnny Evers T205 Tobacco Card
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".

- Joe Tinker

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
Tinker with the Chicago Cubs in 1908

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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".

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.
1913 Chicago Cubs
Hall of Famer Hack Wilson
Club logo (1927–1936)
Cubs logo (1941–1945)
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
The Cubs celebrate after winning the 2016 World Series.
2016 Champions visit the White House in June 2017.
Clark (left) with the Oriole Bird
Ron Santo
Billy Williams
Ferguson Jenkins
Kiki Cuyler
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".

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

Baseball's Sad Lexicon

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.

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."

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.

1908 World Series

The 1908 World Series matched the defending champion Chicago Cubs against the Detroit Tigers in a rematch of the 1907 Series.

The 1908 World Series matched the defending champion Chicago Cubs against the Detroit Tigers in a rematch of the 1907 Series.

After a walk, Ed Summers relieved Killian and allowed an RBI groundout to Joe Tinker and Johnny Kling reached on an error that allowed another run to score.

After a ground-rule double and groundout, RBI singles by Jimmy Sheckard and Johnny Evers and an RBI triple by Frank Schulte (the last two hits coming off after stolen bases) scored a run each.

1907 World Series

The 1907 World Series featured the Chicago Cubs and the Detroit Tigers, with the Cubs winning the Series four games to none (with one tie) for their first championship.

The 1907 World Series featured the Chicago Cubs and the Detroit Tigers, with the Cubs winning the Series four games to none (with one tie) for their first championship.

West Side Grounds during Game 1 on October 8
Cubs catcher Johnny Kling
Cubs second baseman Johnny Evers
Tigers outfielder Ty Cobb
Bennett Park during Game 5 on October 12

Detroit conceded a run on a ground ball for the second out, and Cub player-manager Frank Chance then pinch hit Del Howard for Joe Tinker.

Johnny Evers had three hits, including two doubles, as the Cubs took a 2–0 lead in the Series.

A program featuring league presidents Ban Johnson and Harry Pulliam, and National Baseball Commission President August Herrmann

1906 World Series

The 1906 World Series featured a crosstown matchup between the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs.

The 1906 World Series featured a crosstown matchup between the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs.

A program featuring league presidents Ban Johnson and Harry Pulliam, and National Baseball Commission President August Herrmann
Pickoff attempt during one of the games. Frank Chance slides in safely past the tag of Jiggs Donahue.
After game 1, Fans rush the field and police protect Nick Altrock
Ed Reulbach, winning pitcher of Game 2
Jack Pfiester pitching in Game 3
Game 4 winning pitcher Mordecai Brown
Game 5 at West Side Grounds
South Side Park during Game 6
A ball from the series on display at the Baseball Hall of Fame. The ball was used in Game Six, the final game, of the world series

Cubs second baseman Johnny Evers then reached on a two-base error by White Sox second baseman Frank Isbell, scoring Steinfeldt for an unearned run and moving Tinker and Evers to second and third.

The 1906 World Series was the first World Series appearance for the Cubs' infield trio of Joe Tinker (shortstop), Johnny Evers (second base), and Frank Chance (first base), later the subjects of "Baseball's Sad Lexicon" ("Tinker to Evers to Chance"). The trio hit a combined 9-for-59 (.153) in the series.

Frank Selee

American Major League Baseball manager in the National League (NL).

American Major League Baseball manager in the National League (NL).

Selee (middle row, fourth from left) with the 1892 Boston Beaneaters
Selee (middle row, center) with the 1903 Chicago Cubs

With the Cubs, Selee developed the famous Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance infield combination, by converting Frank Chance from catcher to first base, Joe Tinker from third base to shortstop, and Johnny Evers from shortstop to second base.

Fred Merkle

Merkle's Boner

Merkle's Boner refers to the notorious base-running mistake committed by rookie Fred Merkle of the New York Giants in a game against the Chicago Cubs on September 23, 1908.

Merkle's Boner refers to the notorious base-running mistake committed by rookie Fred Merkle of the New York Giants in a game against the Chicago Cubs on September 23, 1908.

Fred Merkle
An estimated 20,000 fans watched the game.

In the fourth, Cubs shortstop Joe Tinker hit the ball into the outfield, and when right fielder Mike Donlin could not stop it from going past him deep into the cavernous outfield of the Polo Grounds, Tinker circled the bases for an inside-the-park home run that gave Chicago a 1–0 lead.

Cubs second baseman Johnny Evers saw an opportunity to have the rule enforced.