A baseball hall of famer and a journalist are featured on Canada Post\’s third annual Black History Month stamps issued last week.Famed Major League pitcher Arthur \”Fergie\” Jenkins is depicted on one, while the other shows journalist, poet and advocate Carrie Best.
Born in Chatham, Ont., Jenkins is the only Canadian member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperdtown. N.Y. He is also a member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.During his 19-year career the right-hander played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox. He holds the 12th-highest strikeout total in history – 3,192. Jenkins earned 49 career shutouts, won the Cy Young award in 1971 and in 2000 he established his charitable foundation, The Fergie Jenkins Foundation.
Born in New Glasgow, N.S., Carrie Prevoe married Albert T. Best in 1925. She founded the Clarion, the first black-owned and published Nova Scotian newspaper in 1946. In 1952 her radio program, The Quiet Corner, went on the air. Her efforts were instrumental in repealing Nova Scotia\’s racial segregation laws.From the late 1960s to 1975 she wrote a column on human rights for the Pictou Advocate. A role model for generations of black Canadian women, Best also served on the Task Force on the Status of Women.
Jenkins, 68, is still living. Best died in 2001. Both were named members of the Order of Canada, which is depicted on their stamps.The stamps come in booklets of 10.