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Fergie JenkinsFerguson Arthur JenkinsBorn: Dec. 13, 1943 in Chatham, Ontario, Canada Debut: 1965 | Pos: PHt: 6’5″ | Wt: 210 | B: R | T: RYR G IP W L SV SO ERA19 664 4500.2 284 226 7 3192 3.34>> Visit the Fergie Jenkins biography on Baseball Almanac for complete statistics.By Darl DeVault � 1999-2002From 1967 to 1980, Oklahoma resident Ferguson Arthur Jenkins achieved the improbable — he led Major League Baseball with the most wins (251) in that 14-season span while pitching at home mostly in hitter’s ballparks.”During those 14 seasons, and for all my career really, I didn’t consider pitching to be work, I was having fun getting most hitters out in the major leagues,” Jenkins said. “I had some great managers, such as Leo Durocher, Billy Martin and Don Zimmer. I also had some super guys around me like Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Ron Santo, Randy Hundley, Carl Yastrzemski, Carlton Fisk, Jim Sundberg, Mike Hargrove and others who made it fun to play in the big leagues.”He earned induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame by pitching the only six-straight, 20-win seasons in the last 40 years. He joined the most elite company in baseball history. Since today’s pitchers start fewer games with five-man rotations, and managers depend on their bullpens more, Jenkins will likely be the last pitcher to put a six-year, 20-game win streak together.With a fastball that moved in the strike zone and a hard slider, Jenkins was a power pitcher with incredible command, the best control strikeout artist of all time. He is the only MLB pitcher to throw more than 3,000 strikeouts (3,192) with less than 1,000 walks (997). “Jenkins was a dominant pitcher I could have caught with a pair of pliers,” said Randy Hundley, his catcher for the first three of the 20-win seasons. “His location was near perfect, and he could blow his fastball by hitters, although sometimes we didn’t agree on the sign.”The Canadian-born athlete had an All-Star second season as a starting pitcher in 1967 with the Chicago Cubs after Durocher converted him from a reliever. Scouted and signed from Chatham, Ontario, Canada, by Gene Dziadura for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1962, Jenkins developed a slider in Winter ball in Puerto Rico and worked his way out of the minors. After a trade, he starred for the Cubs.It was July 11, when the 23-year-old Cubs ace took the mound for the National League at Anaheim Stadium in the 1967 All-Star Game. He had a 2.80 ERA at the break, and was getting ahead in the count throwing a 93-94 mph fastball, and mixing it up with a tough-to-hit slider with pinpoint control that evening. Known as Fergie, he was on pace to lead the majors with 20 complete games, notch his first 20-win season, and place second in the NL Cy Young Award voting.