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John Joseph Evers (July 21, 1881March 28, 1947) was a Major League Baseball player and manager. He was born in Troy, New York. The name originally rhymed with beavers rather than severs, but Evers came to accept both pronunciations during his life.

Evers, a second baseman, made it to the big leagues with the Chicago Cubs in 1902 and played for the Cubs through 1913, during which time he appeared in three World Series and won two (in 1907 and 1908). One of the smallest men ever to play in the major leagues, Evers reportedly weighed less than 100 pounds (45 kg) when he first broke in, and generally played at a weight under 130 pounds (59 kg). His combative play earned him the nickname "The Crab."

In 1914 Evers was traded to the Boston Braves, which proved to be a spectacular combination — the Braves won the World Series, and Evers won the Chalmers Award (a forerunner of the MVP award). Evers played with the Braves until 1917, when he was claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Phillies in mid-season. He retired from playing after that season, having batted .300 or higher twice in his career, stolen 324 bases and scored 919 runs.

Evers is best known to modern-day fans as the pivot man in the "Tinker to Evers to Chance" double play combination, which inspired the classic baseball poem, Baseball's Sad Lexicon, by New York newspaper columnist Franklin Pierce Adams. He was also the player who alerted the umpires to Fred Merkle's baserunning error in the 1908 pennant race, costing the Giants the pennant.

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Evers managed three teams, the 1913 Chicago Cubs, the 1921 Cubs, and the 1924 Chicago White Sox. Over his managerial career, he posted a 180-192 record.

He later served as a scout for the Boston Braves and as business manager and field manager of the International League's Albany Senators.

Evers was selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veteran's Committee in 1946, in the same year as Chance and Tinker and 8 others. Induction ceremonies occurred in 1947 for the group.

Johnny Evers died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1947 in Albany, New York. He is interred in St. Mary's Cemetery in Troy, New York. Evers was the 2nd of the 3 DP men to die - Frank Chance died in 1924 and Joe Tinker in 1948. Third-baseman Harry Seinfeldt died in 1914.

Evers is mentioned in the poem "Lineup for Yesterday" by Ogden Nash:

Lineup for Yesterday
E is for Evers,
His jaw in advance;
Never afraid
to Tinker with Chance.
Ogden Nash, Sport magazine (January 1949)[1]
Career Hitting[2]
G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI SB BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
1,784 6,137 1,659 216 70 12 919 538 324 778 142 .270 .356 .334 .690

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ReferencesEdit

  1. Baseball Almanac. Retrieved on 2008-01-23.
  2. Johnny Evers Statistics. Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved on 2008-01-03.

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Preceded by:
Frank Chance
Fred Mitchell
Chicago Cubs Manager
1913
1921
Succeeded by:
Hank O'Day
Bill Killefer
Preceded by:
Kid Gleason
Chicago White Sox Manager
1924
Succeeded by:
Ed Walsh

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