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Cubs unveil statue of Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins

Field Level Media
21 May 2022, 06:25 GMT+10

The Chicago Cubs unveiled a statue of Hall of Fame right-hander Ferguson Jenkins outside Wrigley Field prior to Friday afternoon's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Jenkins produced six 20-win seasons and compiled 154 complete games and 29 shutouts during 10 seasons (1966-73, 1982-83) with the franchise. He was the National League Cy Young Award winner in 1971 when he went 24-13 with a 2.77 ERA and 30 complete games in 39 starts.

Jenkins' statue joins former teammates Ernie Banks, Ron Santo and Billy Williams outside the third base gates. Former broadcaster Harry Caray also has a statue outside the bleachers of the famous ballpark.

"Believe me, I'm humbled," the 79-year-old Jenkins said at the ceremony. "I stand here a proud man, but also humble. ..."

"As a player, I had three incentives. You played for the team, you played for your family, you played for the fans. I had the best team, the best family, and the best guys to play ball with, believe me."

Jenkins won at least 20 games overall and tossed at least 20 complete games in six straight seasons from 1967-72. He also pitched over 300 innings in four straight years from 1968-71.

In an era where starting pitchers were seldom removed during strong outings, Jenkins completed a 19-year career with 267 complete games, 49 shutouts, 3,192 strikeouts and a 284-226 record in 4,500 2/3 innings.

Cubs manager David Ross scanned Jenkins' accomplishments and was blown away.

"I think about what he might do to me if I took him out in the fourth or fifth inning," Ross joked.

Williams, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987, was in attendance at the ceremony.

"He was a joy to play behind," the 83-year-old Williams said of Jenkins. "We had a lot of fun on the baseball field."

Jenkins also pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991.

--Field Level Media

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