Corcoran: Remembering four Cubs Hall of Famers from 1908

From SABR member Dennis Corcoran at on November 15, 2016:

Let’s celebrate the Chicago Cubs and their first World Series in 108 years, by focusing on stories from our book about Cub Hall of Famers, including four from their last championship in 1908.

The four Hall of Famers from 1908 were player ( first base)-manager, Frank Chance, second baseman Johnny Evers, shortstop Joe Tinker and pitcher Mordecai Brown. Chance, Evers and Tinker were selected by the Old Timers Committee in 1946 and Brown by them in 1949.

Tinker to Evers to Chance were made famous by a New York sportswriter, Franklin Adams, a die-hard Cubs fan, in his poem, “Baseball’s Sad Lexicon” in 1910, after the three infielders completed a double play against the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds. This poem helped get them into the Hall of Fame, along with the fact that were a part of four pennant winners and two championship teams.

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Originally published: November 23, 2016. Last Updated: November 23, 2016.