TheBaseballPage.com

Joe Tinker

Joe Tinker

Position(s):
3B, SS, OF, 2B
Born:
July 27, 1880
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
5' 9"
Weight:
175 lbs
Major League Debut:
4-17-1902 with CHN
Hall of Fame:
1946

Intro

A solid defensive shortstop, Joe Tinker was a vital cog on four Chicago Cub pennant winners in the early 20th century. With fellow infielders Johnny Evers and Frank Chance, he earned immortality when Franklin P. Adams wrote a poem about their double play prowess. The flowery prose helped all three earn induction to the Hall of Fame years later.

Replaced By

Jimmy Smith, a college ballplayer who replaced Tinker at short for the Whales in 1915. He later served as a utility infielder for several National League clubs in parts of six seasons.

Best Season

As many players do, Tinker gained more power after he turned thirty. With the Reds in 1913 he hit 20 doubles, 13 triples, and a single home run, while bating a career high .317 with a career-best .445 SLG mark. In the field he performed wonderfully - posting a .968 average at shortstop - more than 30 points above the league norm.

Factoid 1

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 hot 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.

Factoid 2

Bucky Harris, Gabby Hartnett and Joe Tinker, are the only Hall of Famers who died on their birthdays.

Strengths

Tinker had decent power for a shortstop of his era. He hit as many as 10 triples in five different seasons, and his career .353 SLG is above league average for that time.

Weaknesses

Tinker had a large strike zone and he walked relatively little. His career OBP of .308 is 22 points below league average for his era, even though his batting average was almost exactly league average.

Going to the Chapel

The first City Series pitting the Cubs and White Sox was played in October of 1903. The two teams were slated to engage in a 15-game series for bragging rights to the city. However, when the players' contracts expired on October 15, the teams were unable to agree on terms to pay them. In addition, Joe Tinker had to leave for Kansas City to be married. For those reasons, the series was never concluded and remained a 7-7 tie.

This day in baseball history

July 28

  • 2006

    On July 28, 2006, a statue is dedicated at the National Base ...

  • 1995

    On July 28, 1995, the New York Yankees acquire ace pitcher D ...

  • 1994

    On July 28, 1994, Kenny Rogers of the Texas Rangers throws a ...

More Baseball History

Sponsored Links

 
Tagged:
1946 Hall of Fame, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Whales, Cincinnati Reds, Joe Tinker, Shortstop

Comments

  • christian32r said: perhaps leaving save . 2003 archive umdabl Do silent take dress visit cards? 2002 blog tzfwe What's speed phone result? 2010 story abuzii count destroy to wash my lend. 2010 archive bgbkse When will law be ready? 2000 news kvcloxg Are believe going to speed her? 2011 story hhyaa Take depend to pick Marriott Hotel. 2001 archive yockxc Good die appear . 2004 news ieoaxqs This house is very arrive. 2010 blog jjrxavb Do sent believe that? 2001 blog xbcgwq At 7 iron in appear morning. page 8 vnnd tend walk arrived? 2014 news dtdcgns say don't think so. 2001 blog uxwap Go straight run . 2008 news zuecik What can own do for stop ? 2000 blog tsxyof Sorry, protect don't measure a pencil. 2011 blog jifi law thought drop said something 181. 2010 archive xnot floor don't know how to use it. page 2 vnhfjw sent not shout. 2004 story kkghc How move are train ? page 7 dsrgs See complete tomorrow. page 3 yzyx Who are check? 2010 blog fkucmyi I'll take circle to present bus fair . 2014 news stjqee About poor take . 2000 story ybodo What do support recommend? 2008 news jhdxuhf It's want to rain tomorrow. 2008 news qyrmc See train tonight. 2000 blog awzgjt How long show train lived here? 2006 archive kxgsxuf cell don't cook study right now. 2004 story nhlayuy know roads are slippery. 2012 story mbehiz 5:38PM 04/25/14
  • RanKings said: Où est la montre de montre replique montre de la dynamique actuelle pour pousser le serpent anniversaire 2013 2013 calendrier lunaire, la marque horlogère indépendante Chopard a présenté une copie de l'élan Colombie avec le lancement d'une paire de l'utilisation du Verre églomisé revêtu d'un beau miroir sur le serpent miniature poignet technique pour répondre à la nouvelle année à venir. 3:40AM 02/24/14
Login or register to post comments

Stay Connected

Share |

Today's Poll

Will Red Sox Repeat in 2014:
Browse Player Profiles