They were a “trio of bear cubs and fleeter than birds” according to Franklin Pierce, who penned the famous lines in “Baseball’s Sad Lexicon” back in 1910. Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers and Frank Chance were huge stars in Chicago during the Cubs’ early 20th century glory days. Now, the jerseys they once wore are coming back to the city for a special exhibit at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention.
SGC will unveil a “Tinker to Evers to Chance” exhibit of the game-worn jerseys of the legendary trio when the show opens on July 31.
“We are very excited to bring the game-worn jerseys of Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance to the hometown of their beloved Chicago Cubs,” said SGC CEO Dave Forman. “This Baseball Hall of Fame trio left an indelible mark on this team, this city, and the game itself, and we are honored to bring a part of this history to the National Sports Collectors Convention this year.”
The jerseys carry authentication from SGC’s game-used uniform division headed by Dave Grob.
“If I had previously not had the honor and pleasure of examining these jerseys, I would be making a special trip just to see them and bask in their history and significance,” Grob stated.
SGC’s exhibit will also include a game-worn Ernie Banks jersey, several highly prized baseball cards including a 1952 Mickey Mantle rookie, and an ultra-rare collection of Babe Ruth postcards, among other items.
The items will be on display during the show’s Wednesday-Sunday run at the Stephens Convention Center.