Control was key in Jenkins’ march to 3,000 strikeouts
And though Jenkins was never known as a flame-throwing intimidator, his ability to pitch in the strike zone made him just the seventh pitcher in history to reach the 3,000 K mark.
On May 25, 1982, the 39-year-old Jenkins made his 10th start of the season on a perfect spring night in San Diego. Already a Cubs legend, Jenkins had returned to Chicago that season as a free agent after spending the previous eight years with the Rangers and Red Sox.
He retired as the first pitcher in history with at least 3,000 strikeouts and fewer than 1,000 walks.
Jenkins finished with a record of 284-226, a 3.34 ERA and 4,500.2 innings pitched.
He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1991, becoming the first Canadian to be enshrined.
“Everyone has a love for something,” Jenkins told the AP. “I happen to love pitching.”
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum