Tinker to Evers to Chance

Baseball’s Sad Lexicon
A Famous 1910 Poem by New York Newspaper Columnist 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.”

“Pricking our gonfalon bubble” means popping the balloon of pennant hopes for the writer’s beloved New York Giants. Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance were a renowned double-play combination who helped the Chicago Cubs win four National League pennants (1906-08, 1910) and two World Series titles (1907-8). The Cubs could use them today.


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