Fans Urge For A Fergie Jenkins Statue

Fergie Jenkins speaking in Chatham - Photo by Ian Kennedy/

Fergie Jenkins speaking in Chatham – Photo by Ian Kennedy/

A new online petition on and Facebook profile have launched campaigning for a statue for Baseball Hall of Famer, and Chatham product Fergie Jenkins, to be built outside Wrigley Field, where he played with the Chicago Cubs.

The online petition reads as follows:

Fergie Jenkins has had an illustrious and memorable career. His ability to control games and nullify opponents led to him recieving many awards during and after his career. Some of these include the: 1971 NL CY YOUNG AWARD, 1971 SPORTING NEWS PITCHER OF THE YEAR, 1974 AL COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR and him being selected as an All Star in three seasons. With all of his many acheivements in baseball Fergie feels that some of the accolades that he has received outside baseball are his nearest and dearest. When asked what events and honours stand out the most, Fergie listed these in order of importance to him: Being Given a Star on Canada’s Walk of Fame Having His Number Retired by the Chicago Cubs Becoming the first (and only) Canadian in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Receiving the Order of Canada AWARDS • HONOURS • STATISTICS Major League Baseball Awards: • 3 x National League All Star (1967, 1971, 1972) • 1971 National League CY YOUNG AWARD Winner • 1971 The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year Award Winner • 1974 American League Comeback Player of the Year Award • 1991 National Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee • 2009 #31 Retired by the Chicago Cubs in his honour Canadian Honors & Awards: • 4 x Canadian Press Male Athlete of the Year (1967, 1968, 1971, 1974) • 1974 Lou Marsh Trophy winner for Canada’s Top Athlete • 1987 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee • 1987 Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame Inductee • 2001 Enshrined on Canada’s Walk of Fame • 2004 Honorary Doctorate of Law from McMaster University • 2007 Order of Canada Recipient – Canada’s highest Civilian honour • 2010 Immortalized on a Canadian Postage Stamp (Released in 2011) It’s time he joins the ranks of Banks, Williams, and Santo and have a statue at Wrigley Field.

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