The Chicago Cubs are one of the most traditional, storied franchises in MLB.
Their fans are loyal to the extreme, which is an excellent thing: they endured a long World Series drought, from 1908 to 2016.
In between, some incredibly talented players have worn the glorious blue pinstripes and played at the legendary Wrigley Field.
One of these players, Ferguson “Fergie” Jenkins, will receive a deserved honor this week.
“This Friday, the Cubs will honor Hall of Famer @fergieajenkins and unveil his statue in Gallagher Way,” the Cubs official Twitter account announced on Wednesday afternoon.
This Friday, the Cubs will honor Hall of Famer @fergieajenkins and unveil his statue in Gallagher Way.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 18, 2022
Fergie Jenkins was a pitcher who played most of his career with the Cubs.
He went to three All-Star Games and won a Cy Young award in 1971, becoming the first Canadian and Cubs hurler to earn that honor.
In seven different seasons, he won at least 20 games, and he paced the National League in wins several times.
He Was A True Workhorse Back In The Day
Jenkins was the epitome of the “old fashioned” starting pitcher, often going the distance in a given game.
He is a symbol for Black players and one of the most talented pitchers ever to hop on a Major League mound, so all recognition he gets is deserved.
A member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame since 1991, Jenkins finished his playing days in 1983, with a 3.34 ERA, a 284-226 win-loss record, and 3,192 strikeouts.
He is also a member of both the Cubs and the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame.
Wrigley Field should have a full attendance on Friday, as they honor one of the franchise greats; one of those heroes in between the two most iconic Cubs World Series wins: 1908 and 2016.