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Franklin P. Adams (Columnist. Born, Chicago, IL, Nov. 15, 1881; died, New York, NY, Mar. 30, 1960.) Probably no writer other than Franklin Pierce Adams can claim to have helped put three men indelibly into the consciousness of baseball fans everywhere forever. Adams started his newspaper career in Chicago but (except for military service in World War I with the U.S. Army) wrote in New York for over 30 years. He was with the Evening Mail (1904-13), the Tribune (1913-17), the World (1919-31), and the Herald Tribune (1931-39). It was while with the Mail that he closed a story with a whimsical poem entitled “Baseball’s Sad Lexicon” that immortalized the Chicago Cubs’ double-play combination of (Joe) Tinker to (Johnny) Evers to (Frank) Chance.