The Chicago Cubs stand ten games out of first place in the National League Central at the All-Star break. That fact would seem to indicate the drought will continue for fans waiting for the team’s first World Series win since 1908.
A big part of the Cubs’ success was their infield. Frank Chance, one of the game’s first basemen. Joe Tinker, the reliable shortstop. And Johnny Evers, the fiery second baseman.
They’re three of the most popular Hall of Famers in the T205 and T206 tobacco sets. They’re also the subject of a famous baseball poem, penned by a Chicago newspaper columnist during the team’s heyday.
Today marks the 100th anniversary of ‘Baseball’s Sad Lexicon’. A modern day colleague of Franklin Adams, Tom Hennessy of the Long Beach Press-Telegram, has the story of the poem and the players–as well as a nice blow-up photo of the gold bordered baseball cards that also helped make them famous.