1909 Joe Tinker Game Worn Chicago Cubs Uniform
Among the most important deadball era artifacts in existence, this uniform relates in time to Franklin P. Adams’ famous poem, Baseball’s Sad Lexicon: 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.”The date of the poem’s origin is a matter of some debate, with various sources placing it between 1908 and 1910. It is worth noting that Adams covered the Cubs-Giants rivalry from New York, and that Tinker was wearing a road jersey when Adams drew his inspiration for the poem. The jersey’s importance is further enhanced by Tinker’s use of it in images chosen for the T206 (two different batting poses) and T3 Turkey Red card sets. This is, to the best of our knowledge, the only surviving example in private hands of a uniform depicted on a T206 tobacco card. The distinctive 1909 jersey, which displays "Chicago" down the placket, was the first in the franchise’s history to exhibit the “Cubs” nickname, and was used only for one season. Complete with all appropriate Spalding tagging and “Tinker” chain-stitched in the collar, jersey is in Mint condition and is arguably the finest condition example of any deadball jersey. It is, furthermore, the only known Tinker jersey. The pants, which resemble the jersey in style, are chain-stitched “Beaumont,” indicating they were made for teammate Ginger Beaumont.