Cubs set to immortalize Fergie Jenkins with statue on May 20

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A local baseball legend will be honoured with a statue at one of baseball’s most iconic ballparks.

Fergie Jenkins of Chatham, who spent a majority of his Major League Baseball career with the Chicago Cubs, will join a group of other Cubs greats in a new section of Wrigley Field.

The Cubs recently announced they would celebrate the Hall of Famer and unveil his statue at Gallagher Way at Wrigley Field before the game on Friday, May 20.

The statue will be part of the new “Statue Row,” where the Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, and Billy Williams statues will be located.

Jenkins said the announcement was a “real surprise.”

“Believe me, it’s some kind of honour,” Jenkins said via an interview with Marquee Sports Network. “I don’t think athletes ever think about this happening to them. Like anything, you’ve got to wait your turn.”

The Cubs shared a photo of the statue via Twitter, which captures the Hall of Famer’s iconic windup. He will become the first Cubs pitcher to get a statue outside the Friendly Confines.

Jenkins said a few dozen people from Chatham-Kent, including Mayor Darrin Canniff, are expected to make the trip to Chicago for the unveiling of his statue.

According to Baseball-Reference, Jenkins is the Cubs’ franchise leader in pitching WAR (53.0), starts (347) and strikeouts (2,038). He said the Ricketts family told him of the plan to create a statue near the end of the last season, and his windup will now be immortalized.

Jenkins spent 19 seasons in Major League Baseball, pitching 10 of those seasons with the Chicago Cubs. He was a three-time all-star and won the Cy Young Award in 1971.

He would go on to record six straight 20-win seasons in Chicago. He was the first Canadian-born player inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.

Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News

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