Jul. 26, 2017
Fergie Jenkins King of the Hill
On April 21, 1966 the Chicago Cubs made one of their best trades in franchise history. The Cubs sent pitchers Larry Jackson, and Bob Buhl to the Philadelphia Phillies in return for future Hall of Fame pitcher Ferguson Jenkins, outfielder-first baseman John Herrnstein, and outfielder Adolfo Phillips. Jackson and Buhl would combine to go 47-53 for the rest of their careers. While Jenkins would begin pitching his way to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Starting in 1967, Jenkins would win 20 plus games a season for six consecutive seasons. He would finish with a record of 284-226 with an ERA of 3.34, striking out 3,192. He was a three time All-Star selection, and won the 1971 Cy Young Award. He became the first Chicago Cubs pitcher, and Canadian to win the award.
He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991. He pitched for the Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, and Texas Rangers. His #31 has been retired by the Chicago Cubs, where he ended his career in 1983. Jenkins is a member of the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame.