Pick of the Day (Tomorrow Edition): Black History Month Banquet

This banquet tomorrow night is hosted by the Saskatchewan African Canadian Heritage Museum to commemorate Black History Month. It features guest-speaker Ferguson Jenkins. Born in Chatham, Ont. in 1942, Jenkins enjoyed a stellar career as a major league baseball pitcher.

Jenkins began his career with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1962. The following year he was traded to the Chicago Cubs. Despite pitching in hitter-friendly Wrigley Field, Jenkins blossomed into an all-star, recording six straight season with 20 or more wins, capped off with his being awarded the 1971 Cy Young Award.

Following the 1973 season, Jenkins was traded to the Texas Rangers. He later played for the Boston Red Sox, and had a second stint with the Rangers before ending his career with the Cubs in 1983. He finished with  a win-loss record of 284-226, an ERA of 3.34 and 3192 strikeouts. In 1991, he became the first Canadian to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown.

Descended from slaves who made their way north to Canada via the Underground Railroad in the 19th century, Jenkins is being honoured this month by Canada Post with the release of a special stamp (pictured above). The stamp was designed by Lara Minja, a former Regina resident who grew up and went to school here.

The banquet is being held at Queensbury Centre. For more information call 545-8824.

Author: Gregory Beatty

Greg Beatty is a crime-fighting shapeshifter who hatched from a mutagenic egg many decades ago. He likes sunny days, puppies and antique shoes. His favourite colour is not visible to your inferior human eyes. He refuses to write a bio for this website and if that means Whitworth writes one for him, so be it.

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  1. Fergie’s greatest season, palpably one of the greatest of all time, would have to be 1971: player didn’t JUST go 24-13 on the mound, throwing 30 complete games (325 innings–UNHEARD of today) with a paltry 2.77 runs allowed per game (considering a 2.77 ERA, you’d have to think he would have won 30 that year if he’d had better run support) and 263 strikeouts, only 3 wild pitches and 37 walks (in 325 innings)…BUUUT…(deep breath) Fergie ALSO went 28 for 115 at the plate (.243 avg, excellent for a pitcher) AND swatted 6 homeruns with 20 RBIs…astonishing for a pitcher in the modern era.

    Fergie Jenkins, 1971 Season, Cy Young (though only 7th in MVP voting–disgrace), one of the greatest all-round EVER…

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