Fergie Jenkins of the Cubs pitching.

Born in Chatham, Ontario in 1942, Ferguson Jenkins, more popularly known as “Fergie” left his mark on the world by playing in the MLB as a pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers and Boston Red Socks; a career which started in 1965 and ended in 1983.  Jenkins was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991, making him the first Canadian in the Baseball Hall of Fame. A title he held alone until 2020, when Larry Walker was elected in.

Even before Jenkins was recognized by the Baseball Hall of Fame, his career spoke for itself, breaking records, creating streaks and earning him several other allocations and award. His streak of six straight seasons with 20 or more wins, made from 1967-1972, has yet to be beat and he is among a group of only three other major league pitchers to ever record more than 3000 strike outs with fewer than 1000 walks.

It is no wonder that a career like that has earned Jenkins received several awards (many of which are appointed here in Canada), including being the first baseball player to earn the Lou Marsh Trophy, and has even been appointed to the Order of Canada.

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