Feller, Jenkins honored with plaque at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

April 09, 2010
Hall of Famers Bob Feller (top left) and Fergie Jenkins pose for a photo at Fergie and Feller Field. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. –Bob Feller and Fergie Jenkins took to the mound again March 9, though this time it was on a smaller field than either was used to. But as usual, the crowds were cheering.

Hall of Famers Jenkins and Feller were honored by Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport with the creation of a grass courtyard appropriately named Fergie and Feller Field. Jenkins and Feller will also have a large bronze plaque displayed within the terminal that passengers will pass on their way to boarding planes.

The grassy diamond-shaped courtyard located within the airport itself will serve as a haven for travelers looking to escape the hustle-and-bustle of the airport terminal. It is the only outdoor airport courtyard in North America.

Feller, the Baseball Hall of Fame’s longest-tenured member, was enshrined in 1962. He posted a career record of 266-162 record in 18 seasons with the Cleveland Indians, missing almost four full seasons while he served in the Navy in World War II.

Jenkins starred for 19 seasons for the Phillies, Cubs, Rangers and Red Sox, posting a 284-226 record. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1991.