Ferguson Arthur Jenkins, commonly referred to as Fergie, was born on December 13, 1942 in Chatham, Ontario. During his 19 year baseball career, Jenkins pitched for 4 different teams - the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, and Boston Red Sox. He spent the majority of his career with the Chicago Cubs from 1966-1973.
Jenkins had his best season in 1971, playing in the All-Star Game, finishing seventh in MVP voting and winning the National League Cy Young Award. Jenkins led the league in wins twice, fewest walks per 9 innings five times, complete games nine times, and home runs allowed seven times. His streak of six straight seasons with 20 or more wins (1967-1972) is the longest streak in the major leagues since Warren Spahn performed this feat between 1956-1961. Fergie was known for his incredible durability and control. He struck out more than 3,000 batters and is the only man to do so while also allowing 1,000 walks.
In 1974 Jenkins, then with the Texas Rangers, became the first baseball player to win the Lou Marsh Trophy, an award given annually to Canada's top athlete. After Jenkins retired from Major League Baseball in 1983, he pitched for two seasons for the London Majors of the Intercounty Major Baseball League in London, Ontario. Jenkins was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987. In 1991, he became the first Canadian ever elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
The City of Chicago and Major League Baseball lost an iconic figure yesterday evening. Ron Santo passed away in an Arizona hospital last night of complications from bladder cancer. Since retiring in the mid 70s, Santo has had multiple surgeries on his eyes, heart and bladder to remove cancer. If that weren’t enough, Santo was also a Type 1 diabetic, and the disease would eventually cost him both his legs. In 1990, Santo joined the radio broadcast team for the Cubs and his radio color commentary made him an instant fan favorite. After spending his entire career in the city of Chicago (13 with the Cubs and 1 with the White Sox), and even vetoing a trade that would have sent him elsewhere, Santo’s passing is a true loss to the Windy City and the great game of baseball.
R.I.P. Ron Santo
Sporting my M&N Ron Santo in Cooperstown
Rodney posted the above photo and caption on our Mitchell & Ness facebook page. We loved it so much that we decided to contact Rodney telling him that we would like to reward him with a Mitchell & Ness Chicago Cubs t-shirt of his choice. Once Rodney realized that our message was not bogus he gave us his shirt size, mailing address and the t-shirt that he chose - the On Deck Henley. Along with his t-shirt choice and size Rodney shared some kind words about Mitchell & Ness with us.
"I want to thank you and Mitchell & Ness for appreciating me, an admirer of your products. It is a pleasant and unexpected surprise to receive a Mitchell & Ness shirt for being a fan, it's a wonderful feeling knowing you care about your consumers. "
Along with his kind words Rodney also shared some other news with us concerning the White Sox dugout, a Mitchell & Ness Bo Jackson jersey and a dance contest! Tune in tomorrow on Facebook to enjoy the video that had us all laughing hysterically and brought us to tears!
Thank you again Rodney for being a great fan of Mitchell & Ness!