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Quick facts for kidsFerguson Jenkins
Jenkins in 1976
|Born: December 13, 1942
Chatham, Ontario, Canada
|September 10, 1965, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|September 26, 1983, for the Chicago Cubs|
|Earned run average||3.34|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Baseball Hall of Fame|
|Vote||75.4% (third ballot)|
Ferguson Arthur "Fergie" Jenkins CM (born December 13, 1942) is a Canadian former professional baseball pitcher and coach. He played Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox (1965–1983).
Jenkins played the majority of his career for the Cubs. He was a National League (NL) and Cubs All-Star for three seasons, and in 1971, he was the first Canadian and Cubs pitcher to win a Cy Young Award. He was a 20-game winner for seven seasons, including six consecutive seasons for the Cubs. He was the NL leader in wins, in 1971, and the American League (AL) leader in wins, in 1974. Jenkins was also the NL leader in complete games in 1967, 1970, and 1971, and the AL leader in complete games in 1974. He led the NL in strikeouts in 1969 and had over 3,000 strikeouts during his career. His 284 victories are the most by a black pitcher in major league history.
Jenkins also played basketball in the off-season for the Harlem Globetrotters from 1967 to 1969, and pitched two seasons in Canada for the minor league London Majors following his major league career. Jenkins became the first Canadian to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991; he remained the only one until Larry Walker's election in 2020.
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