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Johnny Evers

Second Baseman
Born: July 21, 1883(1883-07-21)
Troy, New York
Died: March 28, 1947 (aged 63)
Albany, New York
Batted: Left Threw: Right 
MLB debut
September 1, 1902 for the Chicago Orphans
Last MLB appearance
September 6, 1929 for the Boston Braves
Career statistics
Batting average     .270
Home runs     12
Runs batted in     538
Teams

As Player

As Manager

Career highlights and awards
Member of the National
Empty Star.svg Empty Star.svg Empty Star.svg Baseball Hall of Fame Empty Star.svg Empty Star.svg Empty Star.svg
Induction     1946
Election Method     Veteran's Committee

John Joseph Evers (July 21, 1883 – March 28, 1947) was a Major League Baseball player and manager. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1946. He was born in Troy, New York.

Evers' last name originally rhymed with beavers rather than severs, but he came to accept both pronunciations.

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Career

Evers, a second baseman, made it to the big leagues with the Chicago Cubs in 1902 and played for the Cubs through 1913. During those years he appeared in three World Series and won two, (in 1907 and 1908). One of the smallest men ever to play in the major leagues, Evers reportedly weighed less than 100 pounds (45 kg) when he first broke in, and generally played at a weight under 130 pounds (59 kg). His combative play earned him the nickname "The Crab."

In 1914 Evers was traded to the Boston Braves, which proved to be a spectacular combination — the Braves won the World Series, and Evers won the Chalmers Award (a forerunner of the MVP award). Evers played with the Braves until 1917, when he was claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Phillies in mid-season. He retired from playing after that season, having batted .300 or higher twice in his career, stolen 324 bases and scored 919 runs.

Evers is best known to modern-day fans as the pivot man in the "Tinker to Evers to Chance" double play combination, which inspired the classic baseball poem Baseball's Sad Lexicon, written by the twenty-eight-year old New York Evening Mail newspaper columnist Franklin Pierce Adams in July 1910.[1] He was also the player who alerted the umpires to Fred Merkle's baserunning error in the 1908 pennant race, costing the Giants the pennant.

Johnny Evers, 1910

In 1914, he set the single-season record by getting ejected from a game 9 times.

Evers managed three teams, the 1913 Chicago Cubs, the 1921 Cubs, and the 1924 Chicago White Sox. Over his managerial career, he posted a 180-192 record.

Later life

He later served as a scout for the Boston Braves and as business manager and field manager of the International League's Albany Senators.

Johnny Evers died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1947 in Albany, New York,[2] and is interred in St. Mary's Cemetery in Troy, New York.

Evers is mentioned in the poem "Line-Up for Yesterday" by Ogden Nash:

Lineup for Yesterday

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

Ogden Nash, Sport magazine (January 1949)[3]
Career Hitting[4]
G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI SB BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
1,784 6,137 1,659 216 70 12 919 538 324 778 142 .270 .356 .334 .690

See also

References

  1. ^ Ashley, Sally (1986). F.P.A.: The Life and Times of Franklin P. Adams. Beaufort. p. 65
  2. ^ Shiner, David. "Johnny Evers". The Baseball Biography Project. The Society for American Baseball Research. http://bioproj.sabr.org/bioproj.cfm?a=v&v=l&bid=907&pid=4219. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
  3. ^ "Baseball Almanac". http://www.baseball-almanac.com/poetry/po_line.shtml. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  4. ^ "Johnny Evers Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. http://www.baseball-reference.com/e/eversjo01.shtml. Retrieved 2008-01-03. 

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Preceded by
Frank Chance
Fred Mitchell
Chicago Cubs Manager
1913
1921
Succeeded by
Hank O'Day
Bill Killefer
Preceded by
Kid Gleason
Chicago White Sox Manager
1924
Succeeded by
Ed Walsh
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