The Ultimate Double-Play Trio – Playmakerjournal


The Ultimate Double-Play Trio

Joe Tinker

Johnny Evers

Frank Chance

Chicago Cubs infielders Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers and Frank Chance formed the most memorable double-play combination in the history of baseball. Their consistently solid fielding and hitting led the Cubs to four National League pennants (1906-1908, 1910) and two World Series wins (1907, 1908).

In 1910, the same year that Paul Thompson photographed them for their baseball cards, New York newspaper columnist Franklin Pierce Adams immortalized the three ballplayers in a short verse. The Hall of Fame inducted Tinker, Evers and Chance as a unit in 1946.

Baseball's Sad Lexicon

These are the saddest of possible words:

"Tinker to Evers to Chance."

Trio of bear cubs, and fleeter than birds,

Tinker and Evers and Chance.

Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble,

Making a Giant hit into a double --

Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble:

"Tinker to Evers to Chance."

The term "gonfalon" refers to a flag or pennant, and Adams used the phrase "pricking our gonfalon bubble" to describe the repeated success of the Chicago Cubs and their celebrated infield against the National League rivals, his beloved New York Giants.