Baseball’s Sad Lexicon

By Franklin Pierce Adams 1881–1960 Franklin Pierce Adams
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.”

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Poet Franklin Pierce Adams 1881–1960

Subjects Humor & Satire, Activities, Arts & Sciences, Sports & Outdoor Activities

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Franklin P. Adams, or F. P. A. as he was known to his readers, was best known for his witty and satirical column "The Conning Tower," which was syndicated in the New York Tribune, the New York World, the New York Herald Tribune and the New York Post. In his column, to which he had a cult-like following, Adams wrote limericks, puns, and satirical prose to dissect political events, review books and plays, and parody the age. A . . .

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SUBJECT Humor & Satire, Activities, Arts & Sciences, Sports & Outdoor Activities

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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