#Shortstops: Tinker’s Tigers
The double play combination of Tinker, second baseman Johnny Evers and first baseman Frank Chance was immortalized in the Franklin P. Adams poem “Baseball’s Sad Lexicon.”
Tinker was also a successful player-manager. From 1913-1916, his last four years in the big leagues, he managed the Cubs, the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Federals/Whales of the Federal League, leading the Whales to the pennant in 1915.
Tinker would make Orlando his home until his passing in 1948. In 1923, a new stadium was built where the Tigers played and was named Tinker Field in his honor.
Matthew Carter was a curatorial intern in the Hall of Fame’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development