Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Water and Baseball - Why Not?

The small Kansas town of Muscotah in NE Kansas (Atchinson County) is planning to build a baseball museum inside their old water tower tank.  The museum is sort of focused and will feature Musctoah's native son Joe Tinker who played for the 1908 world series champion Chicago Cubs.  Yep, he's the guy immortalized in the 1910 baseball poem by Frank Adams called "Baseball's Sad Lexicon", which speaks to how effective Joe and two of his teammates were in becoming the most famous double play combination in baseball's history.  The trio was Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers and Frank Chance, who were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame together in 1946.

"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."

Anyway, there is a little bit of water in the post so I thought I'd share.  And who knows, Tinker and the Tower may be about the same age, and the tower may even at one time had Joe's name on it.  At least I'm pretty sure Gayle Leonard will like it!  Check out her water tower posts if you Evers gets the Chance to Tinker around in her blog.  Sorry...


  1. You're right, I do like it! And, finally this may be a water tower my spouse will be agreeable to visit! Thanks for posting

    1. Gayle: And it's so handy, too - probably not much more than a handful of miles from your location! Too bad Joe can't play today with the Royals! HA!