Evers, Johnny

John Joseph Evers
Born: July 21, 1881, Troy, New York
Died: March 28, 1947, Albany, New York
Played For: 
Chicago Cubs (1902-1913), Boston Braves (1914-1917, 1929), Philadelphia Phillies (1917), Chicago White Sox (1922)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1946

Johnny Evers was a smart, scrappy and determined second baseman and the pivot man in the famed Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance infield. His knowledge of the rules enabled him to turn the 1908 National League pennant race around, as a result of the infamous Fred Merkle play. He helped lead the Chicago Cubs to four National League pennants and two world championships. After joining Boston in 1914, Evers sparked another turnaround when the Miracle Braves rose from the cellar in July to a world championship in October.

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Did You Know: 
that Johnny Evers was presented with a brand new Chalmers automobile as winner of the 1914 Chalmers Award, a predecessor to today's Most Valuable Player Award?
I doubt if any second baseman has had so great an influence on the work of a club as a whole or has been so important a factor in its success as Evers has been with the Chicago Nationals.
Frank Chance