Fergie Jenkins Statue Unveiling

Fergie Jenkins returned to his hometown of Chatham, ON (Canada) on Saturday, June 10, for the official unveiling of his bronze statue, just outside of Chatham’s Civic Centre.

The sculpture of Fergie Jenkins is a replica of the one in front of Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs that was dedicated to him in a ceremony last spring.

Jenkins was a Major League Baseball pitcher for 18 seasons, from 1965 to 1983 for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, and Boston Red Sox.

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.

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.