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John Joseph Evers (July 21, 1883March 28, 1947) was a Major League Baseball player and manager. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Famemarker by the Veterans Committee in 1946. He was born in Troy, New Yorkmarker.

Evers' last name originally rhymed with beavers rather than severs, but he came to accept both pronunciations.

Career

Evers, a second baseman, made it to the big leagues with the Chicago Cubs in and played for the Cubs through . During those years he appeared in three World Series and won two, (in and ). 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 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 , 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, written by the twenty-eight-year old New York Evening Mail newspaper columnist Franklin Pierce Adams in July 1910. 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.

Johnny Evers, 1910


In 1914, he set the single-season record by getting ejected from a game 9 times.

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

Later life

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

Johnny Evers died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1947 in Albany, New Yorkmarker, and is interred in St. Mary's Cemetery in Troy, New York.

Evers is mentioned in the poem "Line-Up for Yesterday" by Ogden Nash:

Career Hitting
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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