Chance Leads the Cubs

By | Oct 15, 2010

The Chicago Cubs. A team that everyone loves, but one that seems to be jinxed. There has been many stories over the years on why the Cubs are jinxed and maybe the jinx came from Frank Chance leaving the team.

In the first few years of the 20th Century the Chicago Cubs were one of the best, if not the best, teams in Baseball. Frank Chance, who was born on September 9, 1877, was one of the reasons. Not only did he play First Base, he was the team’s manager.

Chance became the Cubs Manager in 1905 and at the helm when the Cubs won 4 National League in 5 years. They were the first team to play in three World Series and the first to win two. These were Back-to-back wins in 1907 and 1908.

Frank Chance was part of one of the greatest double play combination to ever play the game. Tinker to Evers to Chance. Joe Tinker and Short to Johnny Evers at Second with Chance at First. The New York Evening Mail published a poem about the trio on July 10, 1910.

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.”

Chance left the Cubs after the 1912 season. He went to manage the New York Yankees. Doing so for two years, before returning to his his native California. He managed the Boston Red Sox for one year in 1923 with a lifetime record as a manager of 946-648. Joe Tinker was traded to Cincinnati at the end of 1912 as well. A year later Evers was traded to the Boston Braves.

Frank Chance died at the young age of 48 on October 15, 1925 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946 along with Tinker and Evers.


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