Tinker to Evers to Chance

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Tinker to Evers to Chance

legendary baseball double-play combination (1902–1910). [Am. Sports: Turkin, 474]
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Indeed, several other late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Hall of Famers make James's list based largely on reputation, most specifically Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance, all lionized in Franklin Pierce Adams's poem "Baseball's Sad Lexicon."
As well known as "Baseball's Sad Lexicon" is--particularly the refrain, a lilting example of iambic pentameter--much of its history is shrouded in conjecture and myth, as is the relationship between two of the teammates it celebrates.
"Baseball's Sad Lexicon" is featured in the July 10, 1910, section of The Baseball Timeline, with this italicized note: "The year this poem was published is a matter of some debate.
T." The New York Evening Mail three days later marked the first appearance of Adams's gem under the title by which it is remembered today, "Baseball's Sad Lexicon." With it were three other baseball-related poems, including the one by "C.
"Baseball's Sad Lexicon" was the first item in Adams's column, and it marked the first time his "Tinker to Evers to Chance" poem appeared under this title.
One of the better verses written in the "Baseball's Sad Lexicon" style, it salutes Cubs pitchers Orval Overall, Ed Reul-bach, and Mordedai "Three Finger" Brown; outfielders Jimmy Sheckard, Solly Hofrnan, and Frank Schulte; and third baseman Harry "Steiny" Steinfeldt.
The paper I scanned more often once, Then I'd peruse with hungry glance, I'd read "Cubs Win," and often the phrase, "Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance." "Baseball's Sad Lexicon," by Adams, in his column "The Conning Tower," New York World, October 11, 1929, p.