Sunday, May 3, 2009

2001 Topps Archives #275 Ferguson Jenkins 66

Rain, rain go away . . .

Prior to the Cubs-Marlins game today in Chicago, the Cubs will retire #31 in honor of both Greg Maddux and Fergie Jenkins. Fergie pitched in 8 games for the Phillies in 1965 and 1966 before his trade to the Cubs in late April 1966. (What's the deal with the Phillies trading future Hall of Famers to the Cubs?)

I'll let Fergie's Hall of Fame plaque speak for itself: "Canada's first Hall of Fame member, Fergie Jenkins used pinpoint control and effectively changed speeds to win 284 games. Cast in the same mold as finesse artists like Catfish Hunter and Robin Roberts, Jenkins forged an impressive 3.34 ERA despite playing 12 of his 19 seasons in hitters' ballparks -- Wrigley Field and Fenway Park. A diligent workhorse, Jenkins used an easy, uncomplicated motion to reach the 20-win mark seven times and capture the National League Cy Young Award in 1971".

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