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Ferguson Jenkins Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

FERGUSON JENKINS
Born: December 13, 1942 in Chatham, Ontario, Canada
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Full name Ferguson Arthur Jenkins
Born December 13, 1942, Chatham, Ontario (Canada)
First Game: September 10, 1965; Final Game: September 26, 1983
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 5" Weight: 205

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1991
Named NL Cy Young Award Winner by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1971)
Named NL Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News (1971)
Named AL Comeback Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1974)
Named pitcher on The Sporting News NL All-Star Team (1967)
Named right-handed pitcher on The Sporting News NL All-Star Team (1971 to 1972)

FERGUSON JENKINS
This article was written by Cindy Thomson and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research
Ferguson Arthur Jenkins, Jr. was a dominant right-handed pitcher known for strikeouts, eleventh on the all-time leader list with 3,192. He is the only pitcher to have more than 3,000 strikeouts with less than 1,000 walks (997). While he pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox, he is best known for his tenure with the Chicago Cubs from 1966-1973. In 1982-1983, he finished his career in a return stint with the Cubs.

Although many baseball records declare that he was born in 1943, Jenkins maintains that he was born on December 13, 1942. The only Hall of Famer to be born in Canada, he hails from Chatham, Ontario and is the only child of Ferguson Jenkins, Sr. and his wife Delores. The elder Ferguson, a chef, was descended from immigrants from the Bahamas. Delores' ancestors were slaves who escaped the southern United States via the Underground Railroad. His mother was tall at five feet ten inches, and Fergie grew to be six feet five inches tall.

During his school years, his natural athletic ability began to emerge. He tried several sports and excelled at most of them. In his years at Chatham Vocational High School, Ferguson chose to compete in track, hockey, and basketball, lettering five times. His mother objected to hockey after he got fourteen stitches in his head.

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