Cubs will add Fergie Jenkins statue at Wrigley Field
Fergie Jenkins will have his likeness immortalized at Wrigley Field forever.
The Cubs are erecting a statue for the Hall of Fame pitcher to put outside “The Friendly Confines.” The exact location is to be determined but the statue will be added to the mix during the 2022 season.
Jenkins joins his Hall of Fame teammates Ernie Banks, Billy Williams and Ron Santo with statues at the corner of Clark and Addison. The Cubs also have a statue of legendary broadcaster Harry Caray outside the bleachers.
Jenkins, 78, released a statement on social media Tuesday afternoon:
“Last week I got word from the Cubs organization that I will be receiving a statue outside of Wrigley Field next season. I am deeply honored to share this with my family, friends and teammates. But most of all I share this with you, the Cubs fans, and I say this to you, ‘Meet me at the Fergie statue’ next year so we can celebrate together!”
“Meet Me At The Fergie Statue!” pic.twitter.com/IsybfVJGT7— Fergie Jenkins (@fergieajenkins) April 6, 2021
The Cubs have retired Jenkins’ No. 31 uniform and he called this honor “icing on the cake.” Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts informed Jenkins of the news last week via Zoom call.
When he broke into the big leagues as a 22-year-old in 1965, something like this wasn’t even on his radar.
“Honestly, when I first signed a pro contract, I just wanted to get to the big leagues,” Jenkins said. “And I was very fortunate enough to stay healthy and play on some good ballclubs and put some numbers up and good things happen.
“Winning 20 games was an honor with the Chicago and then doing it quite a few years in a row and then having the number retired and now the statue, this is something that I don’t think an athlete ever thinks about this happening to them. It’s happened in my lifetime and I’m really, really happy.”
The Cubs traded for Jenkins in April 1966 and he spent the next eight years leading the starting rotation in Chicago. After stints in Texas and Boston, he finished his career with the team in 1982-83.
In all, the right-hander pitched 2,673.2 innings in a Cubs uniform, compiling a 167-132 record an 3.20 ERA with a stunning 154 complete games and 29 shutouts.
From 1967-1972, Jenkins averaged 306 innings a season along with 21 wins, 23 complete games and a 3.00 ERA.
He is the Cubs all-time leader in games started and strikeouts.