Joe Tinker (HOF) “Bat On Shoulder” – Lenox (PSA 1.5)


PLAYER: Joe Tinker (HOF)

VARIATION: Bat On Shoulder

TEAM: Chicago Cubs

LEAGUE: National

BACK: Lenox – Black (8/39)

GRADE: PSA 1.5 F (2295-9918)



A pleasing example of Chicago Cubs Legend Joe Tinker. The card features the Lenox advertising reverse (ranked 8 of 39 in terms of scarcity according to T206 Resource).


Joseph Bert Tinker

Born: July 27, 1880 – Muscotah, KS

Died: July 27, 1948 – Orlando, FL

Batted: RH

Threw: RH

Position: SS

Career BA: .262

Managerial Record: 304–308


Chicago Orphans/Cubs NL (1902–1912; player/manager: 1916)

Cincinnati Reds NL (player/manager: 1913)

Chicago Chi-Feds/Whales FL (player/manager: 1914–1915)

Joe Tinker is the Tinker of “Baseball’s Sad Lexicon,” more popularly known as “Tinker to Evers to Chance.” He was the left side of the middle infield duo who not only popularized the double play, but also began the end of the dead-ball era, devising new and effective strategies against the era’s main weapons: the bunt, the hit and run, and the stolen base. Despite their success on the field, Tinker and Johnny Evers actually did not speak for decades beginning with an on-field fight over cab fare in 1905. Tinker stole home twice in one game in 1910 and helped the Cubs to four World Series, eventually becoming their manager. Although he was a respectable hitter, Tinker was more well regarded for his aggressive yet elegant shortstop play. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1946.

An excerpt from the hit book “The T206 Collection – The Players & Their Stories” by Tom & Ellen Zappala. Click HERE to order the SECOND EDITION


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.”

“That Double Play Again”
Printed : July 12, 1910
by The “New York Evening Mail”.

“Gotham’s Woe”
Re-Printed : July 15, 1910
by The “Chicago Daily Tribune”.

“Baseballs Sad Lexicon”
Re-Printed : July 18, 1910
by The “New York Evening Mail