Thursday, April 5, 2012

Second Basemen, A to Z: Johnny Evers

Player: Johnny Evers
Born: 7/21/1881 in Troy, New York
Died: 3/28/1947 in Albany, New York
Major League Career: 1902-29
Games Played at Second Base: 1,735
Most Games Played For: Chicago Cubs

Photo via Baseball Fever

Johnny Evers, inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1946, is most famous now as the second baseman in the poem, "Baseball's Sad Lexicon" by Franklin Pierce Adams:

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."
I have written previously about the poem here.

Evers had a fine career, winning three World Series, including two with what were then the juggernaut Chicago Cubs (1907 and 1908). He was the National League MVP in 1914. In that same year, he was ejected nine times - a single-season record.


For last year's A-Z Challenge, I featured players of the Baltimore Orioles/St. Louis Browns organization, my favorite baseball team. I managed to cover every position on the field except for one: second baseman. As such, I decided to devote this year's challenge entirely to the second base position, honoring the individuals who earned their keep playing one of the game's most demanding defensive positions.

Head on over to Blogging from A to Z April Challenge to find others joining the adventure.

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  1. Ok, I have to admit that I know absolutely nothing about this game or any of the people you're mentioning! But that's an interesting poem, nonetheless.

  2. What are the odds that I would stumble across your blog on the Cubs opening day? This is a great theme. Thanks for making me smile first thing in the morning.

  3. Oh, this is great. I'm a huge fan of baseball and it's Opening Day! I will definitely be following you with this theme. Love it!.

  4. People really needed heroes in 1914. Look at those eagle eyes following the flightpath of the ball, I wonder where it landed?

  5. Back in the days, when baseball was played on real ground and for fun not, money! Great choice for 'E'.
    Kathy at Oak Lawn Images

  6. Excellent theme! My fave second baseman is from the Cubs, Ryne Sandberg. Stopping by from the Challenge. You have a terrific blog here.

  7. It never ceases to amaze me what I will learn from this A - Z Challenge!