Canada Post Will Issue Commemorative Stamp On Baseball Hall Of Famer Ferguson Jenkins On His 68th Birthday in Feb.2011

Baseball Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins is getting his own stamp for his 68th birthday.

\"\"The pitcher watched on Monday as Canada Post conducted a print run of stamps bearing his image that will commemorate Black History month in February. He is the only Canadian inducted into Cooperstown, compiling a 3.34 ERA and 284-226 record over 19 seasons with the Phillies, Cubs, Rangers and Red Sox.

The stamp depicts a young Jenkins on the pitcher\’s mound with the Cubs, set behind a photo of Jenkins on the Canadian Walk of Fame in Toronto in 2001. Jenkins said the stamp provides a bookend to a major league career in which his image was appeared on a baseball card in 1965.

From an ancestor of slaves to baseball\’s hall of fame and having his image on a Canadian stamp, Ferguson Jenkins has come a long way in his 68 years.The native of Chatham, Ont., received a truly unique birthday gift Monday when he was on hand to see Canada Post conduct a print run of Fergie Jenkins stamps that will commemorate Black History Month in February.

\”My family came with the Underground Railroad in the 1800s, so it\’s pretty unique,\” said Jenkins, referring to the secret network that smuggled slaves to freedom in Canada from the United States. \”My mother always told me you have to be proud of your heritage and where you\’re born. That\’s a big plus for me.\”

Jenkins is just the second Canadian who\’s ever had the opportunity to see the printing run in progress as their image is put indelibly on a Canada Post stamp. Acadian singer-songwriter Edith Butler was the other.

Jenkins, a member of the Order of Canada, says the stamp provides an historic bookend to a major-league career for which his image was first printed on a baseball card in 1965.

The 59-cent stamp depicts a young Jenkins on the pitcher\’s mound with the Chicago Cubs, set behind a modern photo of Jenkins on the Canadian Walk of Fame in Toronto in 2001. His Order of Canada medal hangs between the images.

\”Seeing all those stamps run off, it\’s pretty historical,\” said Jenkins. \”My kids are going to be more proud, I think, than I am. I have three daughters that still live in Ontario.\”

Jenkins is the only Canadian to date inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., although he said Monday he expects Larry Walker of Maple Ridge, B.C., may join him one of these years.

Jenkins pitched for the Cubs, the Philadelphia Phillies, the Texas Rangers and the Boston Red Sox during a major-league career that spanned 19 years. He holds the 12th highest strikeout total in major-league history and won the Cy Young award in 1971. He founded the charitable Fergie Jenkins Foundation in 2000.

The stamps, created to commemorate Black History month in February, bear a double image of Jenkins. A depiction of a young Jenkins on the mound in a Cubs uniform is set alongside an image of Jenkins at his Order of Canada ceremony in 2007.

In 19 Major League seasons with the Phillies, Cubs, Rangers and Red Sox, Jenkins registered a 3.34 ERA to go along with a 284-226 record. A three-time All-Star, Jenkins won the 1971 National League Cy Young Award.

Jenkins, the only Canadian to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, entered Cooperstown in 1991.

In 19 Major League seasons with the Phillies, Cubs, Rangers and Red Sox, Jenkins registered a 3.34 ERA to go along with a 284-226 record. A three-time All-Star, Jenkins won the 1971 National League Cy Young Award.

St. Catharines riding MP Rick Dykstra said he’s thrilled that Major League Baseball hall of famer Fergie Jenkins will have a stamp published by Canada Post in his honour in 2011. Jenkins, a native of Chatham, Ont. whose charitable foundation, the Fergie Jenkins Foundation is headquartered in St. Catharines, will have a commemorative stamp issued in his honour to coincide with Black History Month. Jenkins is frequently in Niagara, and talks to students about his experiences. Dykstra said it’s also fitting that the Fergie Jenkins Stamp marks Black History Month, since St. Catharines played a pivotal role in helping black slaves find freedom through the Underground Railroad and was home to the legendary Harriet Tubman. Moya Greene, president and CEO of Canada Post, said the Jenkins stamp is one of 50 stamps selected to be published in 2011, out of more than 600 proposals.

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