An all-around great athlete who paved the road for Canadian-born athletes to follow, Ferguson Jenkins is one of the best pitchers from a generation defined by great pitching. Jenkins posted six consecutive 20-win seasons with the Chicago Cubs from 1967 to 1972, and in 1971 he earned the National League’s Cy Young Award when he completed 30 games won 24. Jenkins was traded to the Texas Rangers in 1974 and won an American League-leading 25 games for them that season and finished second in the Cy Young voting.
He finished his career where it started in Chicago after the 1983 season with 284 wins, 267 complete games and 3,192 strikeouts. In 1991, Jenkins became the first Canadian-born player to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame. As a speaker, Jenkins draws from his experiences in baseball and the hardships he dealt with and overcame following the unexpected passing of his wife days after his induction into Baseball’s Hall of Fame.
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