Fergie Jenkins

Fergie Jenkins

About Fergie Jenkins

Ferguson Arthur 'Fergie' Jenkins, Jr., CM (born December 13, 1942) is a Canadian former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. He was a three-time All-Star and the 1971 National League Cy Young Award winner. In 1991, Jenkins became the first Canadian to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. During a 19-year career, he pitched for four different teams, spending the majority of his career with the Chicago Cubs. Jenkins also played basketball in the off-season as a member of the Harlem Globetrotters, from 1967 to 1969. Jenkins was born and raised in Chatham, Ontario, the only child of Ferguson Jenkins, Sr. and Delores Jenkins. His father, a chef, immigrated from Barbados, while his mother was a descendant of American slaves who escaped through the Underground Railroad, before settling in Southwestern Ontario. Both of his parents were good athletes; his father was an amateur boxer and semi-pro baseball player.