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Ferguson "Fergie" Jenkins spent most of his career with the Chicago Cubs and also played with the Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers, and Boston Red Sox.
Jenkins made his major-league debut as a 21-year old in 1965 with the Philadelphia Phillies. He was traded the following year to the Chicago Cubs. In his first full year as a starter for the Cubs in 1967, Jenkins recorded 20 wins while posting a 2.80 ERA with 236 strikeouts. He finished tied for second in the Cy Young Award voting and was selected to his first All-Star Game that season.
Jenkins had his best season in 1971 when he became the first Cubs pitcher and first Canadian to win the National League Cy Young Award. That season, Jenkins completed 30 of 39 starts and finishing with a 24-13 record (.649). He walked only 37 batters versus 263 strikeouts in 325 innings.
Jenkins led the league in wins twice and complete games nine times. His streak of six straight seasons with 20 or more wins (1967-1972) is the longest streak in the major leagues since Warren Spahn performed the feat between 1956 and 1961.
In 1974, Jenkins, who was traded to the Rangers the previous off-season, became the first baseball player to win the Lou Marsh Trophy, an award given annually to Canada's top athlete. He was also named the Canadian Press male athlete of the year four times between 1967 and 1974.
was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987, and in 1991 became the first Canadian ever elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame in 2004. In 1979, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada for being "Canada's best-known major-league baseball player".