Johnny Evers

Johnny Evers autograph
Birthdate7/21/1881
Death Date3/28/1947
Debut Year1902
Year of Induction1946
Teams Braves, Cubs, Phillies, White Sox
Position Second Base

Johnny Evers was called “The Human Crab” for his way of sliding over to field grounders; most thought it was better suited to describe his temperament.

 

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During his 18-year career Johnny Evers played in four World Series and earned three rings

During his 18-year career Johnny Evers played in four World Series and earned three rings

The 1906 Chicago Cubs won 116 games while losing just 36 contests to run away with the NL pennant. They followed up the performance with back-to-back World Series titles. The fiery second baseman for those dominant Chicago teams was John J. Evers. An 18-year big league veteran, Evers hit .350 in eac
In 1939 Major League Baseball staged its centennial celebration

In 1939 Major League Baseball staged its centennial celebration

It was magical year for baseball in 1939. Not only was it the centennial of it’s birth, it was also the year the doors of the Hall of Fame opened. In the collection is a first day cover commemorating the centennial postmarked 1939 and signed by former Cubs second baseman, Johnny Evers. As part of the famed double play combination of Joe Tinker to

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Lifetime passes were the brainchild of NL President Ford Frick; here’s a pictorial history

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Lifetime pass

A newspaper man turned league publicist turned league president came up with a brilliant idea in 1934 — reward longtime National League players with a lifetime pass to all NL games. Senior Circuit owners approved Ford Frick’s proposal at the league meeting in December of ’34. A few months later, Frick sent out ornately decorated paper Lifetime Passes to the NL’s greatest players. He even sent one to Babe Ruth who appeared in all of 28 games for the Boston Braves in 1935. A 21-year veteran of the American League, the Babe was grateful if not surprised when he remarked, “At least the National League has a heart”. An image of the original paper pass presented to Hall of Fame outfielder Sliding Billy Hamilton can be seen below. A similar pass curiously issued to Stan Coveleski, a lifetime American Leaguer is also shown. Perhaps shamed by Ruth’s remarks, the American League joined forces in 1936 to issue a pass to all Major League contests. Players with twenty or more years of service received a solid gold pass. Seventeen men qualified for the true “golden ticket” —¬†Ruth, Fred Clarke, Ty Cobb, Eddie Collins, Bill Dahlen, Harry Davis, Red Faber, Walter Johnson, […]

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