For more than a century Johnny Evers has been conjoined with Chicago Cubs teammates Frank Chance and Joe Tinker, thanks to eight lines of verse by a New York columnist. Caricatured as a scrawny, sour man who couldn’t hit and who owed his fame to that poem, in truth he was the heartbeat of one of the greatest teams of the 20th century and the fiercest competitor this side of Ty Cobb.
Evers was at the center of one of baseball’s greatest controversies, a chance event that sealed his stardom and stole a pennant from John McGraw and the New York Giants in 1908. Six years later, following reversals and tragedies that resulted in a nervous breakdown, he made a comeback with the Boston Braves and led that team to the most improbable of championships.
Spanning the time from his birth in Troy, New York, to his death less than a year after his election to the Hall of Fame, this is the biography of a man who literally wrote the book about playing second base.
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About the Author
Dennis Snelling is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and the Pacific Coast League Historical Society. He lives in Rocklin, California. (Visit www.dennissnelling.com.)
Table of Contents
1 The Kid from the Collar City 5
2 Rookie 16
3 Foraging for Wins in the Land of the Giants 27
4 The Best Team in Baseball, But Not Necessarily in Chicago 40
5 World Champions 54
6 Merkle 65
7 A Sad Lexicon 85
8 Comeback 104
9 Managing the Cubs with Neither a Tinker Nor a Chance 112
10 The Miracle Braves 123
11 Too Much Electricity 145
12 When Johnny Comes Marching Home 159
13 The Human Dynamo That Needs a Minder 172
14 Albany, Alabama Pitts and One Last Reunion 184
15 Which Is As It Should Be 195