The 10 Greatest Pitchers in Texas Rangers History
By Chris Giles
Greatest Texas Rangers Pitchers: #3- Ferguson Jenkins
Years: 6 (1974-1975, 1978-1981)
Ferguson ‘Fergie’ Jenkins is the greatest Canadian pitcher in MLB history. After nine seasons in the MLB, Jenkins joined the Rangers at age 31. In 1974, as a member of the Rangers, Jenkins led the MLB with 25 wins.
For his 19 year career, Jenkins had a record of 284-226, and a 3.34 ERA with 3,192 SO. In 1971, as a member of the Chicago Cubs, Jenkins won the NL Cy Young Award.
In six years playing for Texas, Jenkins still ranks 4th in Wins, 4th in loses, 5th in Games Started, 2nd in Complete Games, 1st in Shutouts, 4th in Innings Pitched, and 4th in Hits.
According to baseball-reference.com, in 1975, Jenkins earned $190,000 in salary, possibly the highest while playing in Texas.
In 1979, Jenkins was made a Member of the Order of Canada. In 1987, Jenkins was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1991, Jenkins became the first Canadian inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, when he earned 75.4% of the vote on the 3rd ballot.
Formed in 1999 and continuing today, is the Fergie Jenkins Foundation. This foundation raises money in “serving humanitarian need through the love of sport”. This foundation supports nearly 400 charities across North America. Twice annually, the Fergie Jenkins Foundations runs two golf tournaments at my golf club in the Niagara Region in Canada.
In 2004, Jenkins was enshrined into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame.