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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Blow Out the Candles July 21

Hall of Famer Johnny Evers was born in Troy New York on this date in 1881.  Johnny was a three time World Series Champion, twice with the Cubs  (1907,1908) and once with the Boston Braves (1914).  Can you believe the last Cubs champs appeared on T206 cards?  Good Grief!

These are two of my small number of baseball tobacco cards.  Sorry about the scans.  I didn't want to take them out of their holders.
1909 T206

1911 T201

These are the saddest of possible words:
"Tinker to Evers to Chance"
Trio of bear cubs and fleeter than birds:
    "Tinker to Evers to Chance"
Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble,
Making a Giant hit into a double,
Words that are weighty with nothing but trouble:
    "Tinker to Evers to Chance."

---Franklin P. Adams 

E is for Evers, 
His jaw in advance; 
Never afraid To Tinker with Chance.

---Ogden Nash

"I doubt if any second baseman has had so great an influence on the work of a club as a whole or has been so important a factor in its success as Evers has been with the Chicago Nationals."
Frank Chance

"My favorite umpire is a dead one"
Johnny Evers

Johnny Evers died of a cerebral hemorrhage on March 28, 1947 and is buried in St Marys Cemetery in Troy, NY.

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