Joe Tinker joined the Chicago Cubs in 1902 and was a lynchpin for the famous infield including Johnny Evers and Frank Chance. Tinker was with the Cubs until 1912, appearing in four World Series and winning two, one of which is the last one the Cubs have ever won, in 1908. In 1913 he became the player/manager of the Cincinnati Reds, finishing 7th. The following year he jumped to the Federal League where he piloted the Chicago Whales to the pennant in 1915. When the FL folded at the end of that season, he took over as the manager of the Cubs for a single season. He became the manager of the American Association Columbus Senators in 1917, but left just a few years later to care for his ailing wife. With 31 lifetime home runs and a .262 batting average, it’s difficult to believe that Tinker’s election to the Hall wasn’t due primarily to Franklin Pierce Adams.
At one point a wealthy businessman in Orlando, Tinker was ruined by the Great Depression. When he was buried only a modest marker denoted his grave. More recently a larger polished stone was erected, engraved with a Chicago Cubs logo and a reproduction of his plaque that hangs in the gallery of the Hall of Fame.
March 29, 2012