- 2B, SS, 3B, OF
- Crab, Trojan
- July 21, 1881
- 5' 9"
- 125 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 9-01-1902 with CHN
- Allstar Selections:
- 1914 MVP
- Hall of Fame:
Quotes About Johnny Evers
"He'd make you want to punch him, but you knew Johnny was thinking only of the team." — teammate Rabbit Maranville
Teams Johnny Evers Managed
Chicago Cubs (1913-1921)
Chicago White Sox (1924-1924)
Where does Johnny Evers rank among baseball greats?
Johnny Evers ranks among the Top 50 all-time at 2B. Rankings
Johnny Evers All Time Teammates:
Johnny Evers Teammates
Best Season: 1912
Evers set a career high with his .341 batting average - 71 points above his eventual career average. He also set career marks for hits, triples, RBI, slugging, and OBP.
According to one source, the first double play ever turned by Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance, came about due to some luck. A grounder was hit to the left of shortstop Tinker and he missed it with his glove, but it bounced of his shoe and caromed to second baseman Evers, who tagged the bag and fired to Chance for the completion of the double play.
John Joseph Evers was born on July 21, 1881, in Troy, NY.
March 28, 1947, Albany, NY
Major League Debut
1906 World Series
1907 World Series
1908 World Series
1914 World Series
After struggling against the White Sox' pitching staff in the '06 Series loss, Evers ripped 21 hits in his next 14 Fall Classic games, in which his teams went 12-1-1. In 1907, Evers batted .350 with two doubles and two steals against Detroit. He followed that with a .350 performance in '08 against the Bengals, scoring five runs and stealing two more bases. In 1914, as a member of the Boston Braves, he batted .437 (7-for-16) with two RBI, two runs scored, two walks, and a steal in the sweep. He was the first player to win three World Series rings.
Awards and Honors
1914 NL MVP
Due in large part to the poem that immortalized the Cub double play trio of Tinker, Evers, and Chance, the three were elected to the Hall of Fame in 1946. Evers was the only living member of the trio, and he died six months later. It's become part of lore that Evers and Tinker refused to speak to each other decades, over a dispute about a cab fare. That was true, and the pair didn't reconcile until the 1930s.
Injuries and Explanation for Missed Playing Time
Prior to the 1911 season, Evers suffered a nervous breakdown, and played just 44 games that year for the Cubs. In a few other seasons, the high-strung Evers was shelved with bouts of hypertension.
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