Flashback: 49 years ago, Fergie Jenkins becomes first Canadian to win Cy Young Award

By Kevin Glew Coooperstowners in Canada It took him until his fifth consecutive 20-win season, but in 1971, Fergie Jenkins finally received the National League Cy Young Award. With the announcement, which formally took place on November 3, 1971, the 6-foot-5 Chatham, Ont., native, became the first Canadian to capture the honour. “Yes, winning theContinue reading “Flashback: 49 years ago, Fergie Jenkins becomes first Canadian to win Cy Young Award”

Fun Fergie Facts: He went at least 7 innings in 81% of starts from 1967-72

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada By my count, the last Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher to throw seven innings in a game was 86 games ago. That was when right-hander Jacob Waguespack hurled seven scoreless innings and allowed only one hit to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 22, 2019. OneContinue reading “Fun Fergie Facts: He went at least 7 innings in 81% of starts from 1967-72”

Fun Fergie Facts: 4 starts at Exhibition Stadium, 4 complete games

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Fergie Jenkins was a savvy, 34-year-old veteran with a Hall of Fame resume when he first had the opportunity to pitch a major league game in his home province. After outstanding tenures with the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers, the Chatham, Ont.-born right-hander was with the Boston Red SoxContinue reading “Fun Fergie Facts: 4 starts at Exhibition Stadium, 4 complete games”

Fun Fergie Facts: He should have been a 300-game winner

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada The magic number for starting pitchers to secure automatic entry to the National Baseball Hall of Fame used to be 300 wins. At least that’s what it was during the era when Canadian baseball legend Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) played. That also explains, in part, why Jenkins, who amassedContinue reading “Fun Fergie Facts: He should have been a 300-game winner”

Fun Fergie Facts: 24 wins, 30 complete games, 6 HRs, .478 SLG

This is the first of what will be an ongoing series that will honour Fergie Jenkins, the greatest Canadian to play in the big leagues. In each of these articles, I will highlight a little-known but outstanding fact about the Hall of Famer that was born in Chatham, Ont. By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in CanadaContinue reading “Fun Fergie Facts: 24 wins, 30 complete games, 6 HRs, .478 SLG”