Fergie JenkinsFerguson Jenkins
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1991
Primary team: Chicago Cubs
Primary position: Pitcher
"One of the best pitchers in baseball, ever,” said Cubs manager Leo Durocher.
Ferguson “Fergie” Jenkins originally signed with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1962, but didn’t find great success until the Chicago Cubs took him out of the bullpen and converted him into a starting pitcher five years later.
In his first year as a starter in 1967, the right-hander notched 20 wins to go with a 2.80 ERA and 236 strikeouts. He tied for second place in the voting for the Cy Young Award. The following year, he again won 20 games, had an ERA of 2.63 and struck out 260. From 1967-72, Jenkins won 20 or more games each year, striking out more than 200 in every season, averaging 314 innings pitched. He also threw 97 complete games over that span.
Fergie’s best single-game performance came in the 1967 All-Star Game, when he struck out six of the top sluggers in American League: Harmon Killebrew, Tony Conigliaro, Mickey Mantle, Jim Fregosi, Rod Carew and Tony Oliva.
His best year came in 1971, when Jenkins was the National League Cy Young Award winner. He went 24-13, throwing a complete game in 30 of his 39 starts, walked 37 and struck out 263 in 325 innings. Jenkins also became the first Cubs pitcher and the first Canadian to ever win the Cy Young.
In 1974 with the Texas Rangers, he had a career-high 25 wins, and became the first baseball player to win the Lou Marsh Trophy, an award given each year to Canada’s top athlete. He was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987.
Jenkins led the NL in wins two times, complete games four times and had the fewest walks per nine innings in the league five times. The right-hander is one of only four retired pitchers in major league history to record more than 3,000 strikeouts with fewer than 1,000 walks.
As a hockey, basketball and baseball player growing up, Jenkins eventually found a focus, but never completely gave up other sports. In fact, he played with the Harlem Globetrotters during the baseball off-season on multiple occasions.
Year Inducted: 1991
Primary Team: Chicago Cubs
Position Played: Pitcher
Birth place: Chatham, Ontario. Canada
Birth year: 1942
Philadelphia Phillies (1965-1966)
Chicago Cubs (1966-1973)
Chicago Cubs (1982-1983)
Texas Rangers (1974-1975)
Texas Rangers (1978-1981)
Boston Red Sox (1976-1977)
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