Ferguson Jenkins Ferguson Arthur "Fergie" Jenkins CM (born December 13, 1943 in Chatham, Ontario, Canada) is an African-Canadian former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball.
Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1963, Jenkins made his major league debut as a 21-year old in 1965. He was traded the following year to the Chicago Cubs, where he would blossom into one of the best pitchers in the majors. He posted some of the best numbers of his era in spite of pitching over seven years in a hitter's ballpark (Wrigley Field).
A three-time All-Star, Jenkins won the National League Cy Young Award in 1971, the first Cub pitcher ever to do so. He led the league in wins twice, least walks per 9 innings five times, complete games four 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 the same feat between 1956 and 1961.
He and fellow Cub Greg Maddux are the only major league pitchers to ever record more than 3,000 strikeouts with fewer than 1,000 walks. Only Robin Roberts allowed more home runs over a career, however.
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 (he won a career-high, and still a Rangers franchise record, 25 games). He was also named the Canadian Press male athlete of the year four times between 1967 and 1974.
In late 1980, during a customs search of Jenkins in Toronto, Ontario, a small amount of cocaine was found. In response, Commissioner Bowie Kuhn banned him for life. Jenkins missed the rest of the 1980 season, but in an unprecedented action, an independent arbitor reinstated him, and he returned to the game, playing until his retirement following the 1983 season.
Ferguson Jenkins was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987 and in 1991 became the first Canadian ever elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. He was inducted into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame in 2004. He was appointed the commissioner of the now-defunct Canadian Baseball League in 2003. He has been inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. In 1979, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.