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Joe Tinker
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Baseball Player
    (July 27, 1880-July 27, 1948)
    Born in Muscotah, Kansas
    Shortstop for the Chicago Cubs (1902-12,1916), Cincinnati Reds (1913) and Chicago Whales (1914-15)
    Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame (1946)
    With teammates Johnny Evers and Frank Chance, subject of the poem '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'
    Some baseball pundits think he and Evers were inducted into the Hall of Fame thanks to the poem rather than their stats.
    He led the league in errors by a shortstop his rookie season.
    He and Evers got into an argument over a cab (1905) and stopped speaking to each other off the field for over three decades.
    He led the league in fielding percentage for shortstops five seasons.
    He and Evers had a tearful reunion when they were both commentators at the Yankees-Cubs World Series (1938).
    When his left leg was amputated due to diabetes, he quipped, 'Guess I won't be able to pitch for a couple of weeks.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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