TINKER TO EVERS TO CHANCE: In this week’s Sports Illustrated, Tim Layden journeys back in time to tell the story of his great uncle, Johnny Evers, the Hall-of-Fame Cubs second baseman who led the Cubs to the World Series in 1907—and formed one-third of the iconic double-play triumvirate. Evers’s life was never so wonderful as when he orchestrated one of baseball’s most memorable plays, Merkle’s Boner. He lost children to disease, and his marriage fell apart. But, as Layden discovers, the ball from the famous play endures, and in it, a piece of Evers. Layden’s story is part family discovery, part Cubs history, and it’s a good one.
In other news…
— Dime: VIDEO: Derrick Rose Running Sprints at Bulls Practice
— South Side Sox: White Sox’s hunt for infield adequacy leads to Jeff Keppinger
— The New York Times: How Upstart Northern Illinois Played Its Way Into the BCS
— Associated Press: Bulls 95, Cavaliers 85
— Public Policy Polling: Democrats’ favorite football team? Da Bears