Friday, October 28, 2016

iPenstore History and the Chicago Cubs

I think it's safe to say that with the Chicago Cubs in the World Series for the first time in the lifetimes of everyone here at iPenstore, we're a bit distracted. So, I'm leading off this week's newsletter with a bit of Cubs (and iPenstore.com) history. 


CL Evers Sr.- the founder of our company
Our first store opened in 1932 and was located on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. Since we originally hail from Chicago, our roots run deep there, and so does our love for the Chicago Cubs.  
Tinker to Evers to Chance

In 1908, when the Chicago Cubs won their last World Series, the infield double play combination of shortstop Joe Tinker, 2nd Baseman Johnny Evers and First Baseman Frank Chance dominated baseball at that time. In 1910, New York columnist Franklin Pierce wrote a poem lamenting the fact that the Cubs were consistently defeating his team, the New York Giants.

Shown above is a framed poem from an early Chicago Tribune magazine, and a baseball card of Johnny Evers sitting above my desk in my home office.

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"

In 1946, Tinker, Evers and Chance were all inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame.

Evers Office Supply 1950s Business Card



My grandfather was a huge Chicago Cubs baseball fan. He designed his company business cards around the Tinker to Evers to Chance theme. I remember billboards around the city of Chicago with his "Don't Tinker, Call Evers, You take no Chance" theme to advertise his office supply business and  typewriter repair services.

For over 75 years and spanning over four generations, our family has been in the office products industry. Before we were iPenstore, we were Evers Office Supply.  

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