Tinker to Evers to Chance


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Tinker to Evers to Chance

A legendary baseball double-play. The phrase is used as the refrain in the poem "Baseball's Sad Lexicon" by Franklin Piece Adams. It refers to three Chicago Cubs players from the early 20th century: Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance. I wish I had been born in an earlier era, so that I could have seen Tinker to Evers to Chance—not to mention Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig and all the famous players of yore.
See also: chance, Ever, tinker
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Thirteen swift summers have sped since that rhyme Made a bard famous; and up to this time No one plays balls like that trio sublime, Tinker to Evers to Chance.
Remember old Cubs ball park, And Tinker to Evers to Chance, And the good old days when the tango Was considered a wicked dance.
Burt Solomon, The Baseball Timeline: In Association with Major League Baseball (New York: DK Publishing, 2001), 161; "Here are the Words of Verses: Tinker to Evers to Chance," Chicago Daily Tribune, September 18, 1924, 20.
Art Ahrens, Chicago Cubs: Tinker to Evers to Chance (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2007), 80.
Baseball and fine art may seem an unlikely combo, but a stroll through the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts followed by a ballgame at The Diamond adds up to a double play with the artistic perfection of Tinker to Evers to Chance.