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Joseph Bert Tinker (July 27, 1880July 27, 1948) was a Major League Baseball player and manager. He was born in Muscotah, Kansasmarker.

Tinker was elected to the Baseball Hall of Famemarker in 1946.

Career

For most of his career he played for the Chicago Cubs, starting as a 21-year-old rookie in 1902. Tinker was an average hitter, despite usually hitting well against pitcher Christy Mathewson, but a speedy runner, stealing an average of 28 bases a season and even stealing home twice in one game on July 28, 1910. The shortstop excelled at fielding, often leading the National League in a number of statistical categories. During his decade with the Cubs, they went to the World Series four times.
Joe Tinker baseball card, 1912


Tinker is perhaps best known as the shortstop in the "Tinker to Evers to Chance" double play combination immortalized in the poem "Baseball's Sad Lexicon," written by the twenty-eight-year old New York Evening Mail newspaper columnist Franklin Pierce Adams in July 1910. Yet several years earlier, on September 14, 1905, Tinker and Evers had engaged in a fistfight on the field because Evers had taken a cab and left his teammates behind in the hotel lobby. Tinker and Evers did not speak to one another again for 33 years, until they were asked to participate in the radio broadcast of the 1938 World Series (Cubs versus Yankees), where they were tearfully reunited.

Tinker's incessant salary demands got him traded to the Cincinnati Reds in 1912. After a year playing and managing the Reds, Tinker jumped to the Federal League and managed the Chicago Whales until 1916 when he was back, briefly, with the Cubs.

Later life

Tinker ended his career in Floridamarker, managing, scouting, and dabbling in real estate. He ran the Orlando Gulls in the Florida State League. Tinker Fieldmarker, a stadium in the shadow of the Citrus Bowlmarker, is named for him.

Tinker died in Orlando, Floridamarker on his 68th birthday of complications from diabetes, and was buried in Orlando's Greenwood Cemetery.
Career Hitting
G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI SB BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
1,804 6,434 1,687 263 114 31 774 782 336 416 149 .262 .308 .353 .661


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