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Tinker-Evers-Chance

By bullpenbrian - March 1, 2010 - 12:19 am Leave a comment.

Three position changes, three Hall of Famers and three names as recognizable to Cubs fans today as they were more than 100 years ago.

On September 15, 1902 they took the field together for the first time. Tinker a 21-year-old rookie shortstop, Evers a 20-year-old rookie second baseman, and Chance a 25-year-old first baseman.

The threesome turned its first double play the following game and quickly developed into one of the best infield dynamos in professional baseball for the time.

The three remained teammates through 1912, but are best remembered for a seven-year run from 1903-1909. During this time they led the Cubs to four pennants and two World Series championships.

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Chicago Cubs History 1901

By bullpenbrian - January 25, 2010 - 1:15 am Leave a comment.

With a month left before pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training I’m taking a look back at Cubs yesteryear.

This first post begins in 1901, the first season of the American League as we know it today, and a time in which the Cubs were still two years away from changing its nickname from Orphans to Cubs.

Aside from a slew of fancy names: Cupid, Topsy, Cozy, Jock, Germany, Rube and Mal, the Cubs weren’t much for winning or large crowds at the West Side Park — they finished fifth in the league in attendance (205,071), slightly better than its (53-86-1) sixth place finish in the eight-team National League.

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