The legendary double-play combination, Tinker, Evers, and Chance, completed their first-ever twin killing on September 15, 1902. As we know now, it was the start of a relationship that would become immortalized in Franklin Pierce Adams’s “Baseball’s Sad Lexicon,” as the Cubs defeated Cincinnati, 6-3.
By the way, if you’re interested, the Chicago Tribune published a short article about the story behind the poem here.
3 thoughts on “This day in baseball: Tinker, Evers, and Chance”
that article says something like “arguably the most well known Cubs of all time.” I never think of them as Cubs, not like Babe Ruth as a Yankee or Willie Mays a Giant or Jody Davis as a Cub. I blame it on WGN and Harry Caray singing songs about Jody Davis, “catcher without a fear, catcher with the long ball swing.” Beer and broadcasters is a great combination. Sucks the seriousness right out of the air tank goodbess, pass me anudder.
Strange how a poem can end up your ticket to the Hall of Fame or how it becomes how you are remembered in history.
i prefer it that way. Then I don’t feel so crazy for remembering Jeffrey Leonard more often than half of the people actually in the HOF.