Saturday, October 17, 2015

TRADED: 1978 FERGIE JENKINS

Next up in my “Traded” series is “Fly” Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins, who appeared as a Boston Red Sox pitcher in the 1978 set even though he was traded over the off-season back to the Texas Rangers for cash and a prospect.
Here’s the card I came up with:





Jenkins first pitched for the Rangers in 1975 and 1976, and in his second stint went on to pitch for them through the 1981 season before heading back “home” to the North side of Chicago for the 1982 and 1983 seasons before retiring after 19 years on a Major League mound.
As we all know, he put together a Hall of Fame career, topping 280 wins, 3000 strikeouts, with 49 shutouts, a Cy Young Award in 1971 and four other top-3 finishes in the award voting.
In 1991 he capped off his career with an induction into Cooperstown on his third try, just getting the 75% of the vote with 75.4% support.
On a geeky side-note, “Fly” was also the first pitcher to ever regsiter 3000+ strikeouts while issuing less than 1000 base on balls.
Love stuff like that!

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