Chicago Cubs infielders Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance formed the most memorable double-play combination in the history of baseball. Their consistently solid fielding and hitting led the Cubs to
four National League pennants (1906-8, 1910) and two World Series wins (1907-8). The Hall of Fame
inducted all three simultaneously in 1946. In 1910, New York newspaper columnist Franklin Pierce Adams
immortalized the three ballplayers in a short verse entitled
* The term "gonfalon" refers to a flag or pennant, and Adams uses the phrase "pricking our gonfalon bubble" to describe the repeated success of the Chicago Cubs and their celebrated infield against their National League rivals, his beloved New York Giants.
** Reprinted in the book In Other Words by Franklin P. Adams (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1912), and other, more recent anthologies of his work.
Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance. Baseball cards produced in 1911 for the American Tobacco Company. Color relief halftones. Benjamin K. Edwards Collection. Gift of Carl Sandburg, 1954. (Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Call number: LOT 13163-25, no. 41 (Tinker), no. 26 (Evers), no. 25 (Chance). LC-USZC4-5772. Note: The front of all three cards appear in this single color transparency.)