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It is #CanadaHistoryWeek and this year the theme is The History of Black Achievement in Canada.

Today I am looking at Fergie Jenkins!

Fergie Jenkins was born on Dec. 13, 1942 in Chatham, Ontario. As a youth, he played track and field, hockey, basketball and baseball.

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To practice pitching, he threw pieces of coal from a local coal yard at gaps in boxcars or open ice chutes.
In 1962, he was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies & debuted in the MLB in 1965.

He was traded to the Chicago Cubs soon after where he emerged as one of the best pitchers of his era.

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He had six consecutive 20-win seasons with the Cubs, and led the National League in wins in 1971.

He was a three-time All-Star in 1967, 1971 and 1972. In 1971, he won the National League Cy Young Award. He also led the National League in strikeouts in 1969.

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From 1967 to 1969, Jenkins played for the Harlem Globetrotters.

In 1973, he was traded to the Texas Rangers. In 1974, he won 25 games, a personal best for him and nearly won another Cy Young Award. He became the first baseball player to win the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's Top Athlete.

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He played for the Boston Red Sox from 1976 to 1977, and the Rangers again from 1978 to 1981. He finished his career with the Cubs from 1982 to 1983.

In his career, he had 284 wins and 3,192 strikeouts, with an ERA of 3.34.

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He was the Canadian Press Male Athlete of the Year four times in 1967, 1968, 1971 and 1974.

In 1991, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 1995, and received the Order of Canada in 1979.

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He was awarded a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in 2001.
In 2009, the Cubs retired his number and in 2022, a statue of Jenkins was unveiled outside Wrigley Field.

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