A thing of beauty? It’s relative, right?  If it is against you, well, that’s not good!

Way back on July 12, 1920, under the title “That Double Play Again“, a poem was published in the New York Evening Mail.  It became known as “Baseball’s Sad Lexicon“, and in time was quite popular. In fact, the poem made the reputation of Tinker, Evers, and Chance even greater, and has actually been credited with their elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946.

It goes like this:

These are the saddest of possible words:
“Tinker to Evers to Chance.”
Trio of bear cubs, and fleeter than birds,
Tinker and Evers and Chance.
Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble,
Making a Giant hit into a double –
Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble:
“Tinker to Evers to Chance.” 

That said, seeing is believing, so here are some more of those wonderful feats of skill — particularly if it’s your team turning the double play: