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Joe Tinker

1915/16 M101-5 Sporting News

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)

Baseball’s Sad Lexicon
by Franklin Pierce Adams 

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.”

Published July 10, 1910, in the New York Evening Mail newspaper.

As part of the greatest double play combo of all time Joe Tinker, along with Johnny Evers and Frank Chance, led the Cubs to four World Series. A slightly above average hitter, Tinker made up for his offensive deficiencies with his slick-fielding play at shortstop. Considered one of the best, as shortstop Tinker led the league in assists three times, putouts two times, fielding percentage five times, and range factor four times. Interestingly enough, Tinker had an ongoing feud with his partner at second base, Johnny Evers, and as a result they did not speak to each other for almost 33 years.

Although he compiled a lifetime batting average of .262, Tinker was very skilled at bunting, delivering hit-and-run plays, and strategically placing hits. He was the catalyst in the one-game playoff against the Giants after the famous “Merkle” game in 1908. As a matter of fact, he was the one responsible for the lone run in the infamous game itself, hitting a home run off Christy Mathewson. Once that game was declared a tie, Tinker helped the Cubs take the subsequent playoff game when he hit a triple off Mathewson that triggered a four-run inning.

After the 1912 season, Johnny Evers was named manager of the Cubs and Tinker understandably wanted out. He was traded to the Reds where he played and managed for one season. Tinker then jumped to the new Federal League as player-manager of the Chicago Chi-Feds (later known as the Whales) and led his 1915 Whales to the Federal League pennant. After the league folded, the Cubs took him back as manager for the 1916 season. Tinker then owned and managed teams in the American Association and the Florida State League. His business ventures included real estate development in Orlando, Florida, where the historic ballpark Tinker Field was named in his honor. He later scouted for the Cubs. Joe Tinker was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1946. 

– Tom and Ellen Zappala, The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball's Prized Players. For more information on their book and/or to order a copy at a special PSA discount, visit http://crackerjackplayers.com/PSA_order.html

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 NM-MT 8
2 EX-MT 6
3 EX 5
4 GOOD 2
5 FR 1.5
6 PR 1

Prices By Grade


Grade Most Recent Price Average Price SMR Price Population POP Higher
GEM - MT 10
MINT 9 $2,800.00
NM - MT 8 $900.00 1
NM 7 $475.00 1
EX - MT 6 $711.00 $250.00 1 1
EX 5 $165.00 1 2
VG - EX 4 $85.00 3
VG 3 $55.00 3
GOOD 2 $35.00 3
FR 1.5 1 3
PR 1 $18.00 1 4
Auth 5

Auction Prices Realized

Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
06/08/2019 $711 6 615 Classic Auctions Historical Hockey Memorabilia Auction Spring 2019 Auction 90570228
11/19/2016 $777 8 50467 Heritage Auctions 2016 November 17 - 19 Sports Collectibles Catalo... Nov 19, 2016 Auction 02065580
06/10/2010 $1,517 8 80 SCP Auctions SCP Auctions Spring 2010 Internet Auction Auction 02065580
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