August Live 2014
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Middleman in the immortal trio of bear cubs, fleeter than birds, second baseman Johnny Evers was also second to take the Cubs helm. He succeeded Frank Chance as player/manager for 1913 (a 3rd-place finish), and then third sacker Joe Tinker eventually got his own shot at skipper in 1916. Evers' second tour of duty came in 1921 when owner William Veeck (the elder) thought his Grover Alexander-led squad would be serious contenders for the N.L. crown. But alas, Evers was unceremoniously deposed after compiling a 41-55 record good for 6th in the standings. His replacement, catcher Bill Killefer, did little better at 23-34 and even dropped the Cubbies to the 7th slot. Interestingly, on Opening Day in 1924, Evers followed in Chance's managerial footsteps once more, taking over for his ailing friend (who would die that September) across town with the White Sox.
This classic Cubs road jersey matches the style of both 1921 and 1922, and remnants of the "Evers" chain-stitching in the front left tail were still visible back in the 1970s when the wool garment first surfaced in our hobby. Indeed, an accompanying 1973 newspaper photo depicts former Cubs teammates Ernie Banks and Phil Regan holding this "blouse worn by second baseman Johnny Evers," as noted in the caption: "Grand Valley baseball coach Phil Regan and Cubs great Ernie Banks display blouse worn by second baseman Johnny Evers (of the fabled Tinker to Evers to Chance combo) before a benefit dinner at GVSC Thursday night. When Banks slugged his 500th career homer at Chicago's Wrigley Field in 1970, Regan was the winning pitcher for the Cubs." (A photo print of Evers in uniform during that one-year 1921 stint also accompanies.)
Never before offered publicly until now, the jersey was owned for many years by noted expert and collector Dan Knoll who sold it privately to our consignor in 2003. Knoll clearly recalls these critical details: 1) The piece originated as a complete ensemble including pants and socks/stirrups, with "Evers" chain-stitched in the pant fly. 2) The once-visible name vestiges in the left front tail were consistent with the characteristics of a 1922 Cubs Bernie Friberg Jersey and clearly indicated a short name with a discernible "E" and start of the "v." What's more, the light wear (such as collar staining/discoloration) and stellar overall condition is appropriate for a manager's threads—whereas the Friberg and other Deadball Era shirts show much heavier usage. "CUBS" appears in navy felt across the half-button front and mirrors the distinctive navy collar accent. A Thos. E. Wilson & Co. rectangular main label resides inside the collar. LOA from Legendary Auctions.
1921 Chicago Cubs Road Jersey Attributed to Manager Johnny Evers
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