Off the Mound with Ryan Dempster

Fergie Jenkins reflects on his time with the Cubs

4 years agoStaff Report

Former Cubs pitcher and Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins reflected on his time pitching with the Cubs on Off The Mound with Ryan Dempster.

Jenkins pitched for 10 seasons on the North Side, recording 167 wins in his tenure. He won the 1971 National League Cy Young with the Cubs and is the all-time leader in strikeouts with 2,038 in franchise history. 

Jenkins believes he owes a lot of his success to former teammate Ernie Banks.

“I roomed with Ernie Banks and an individual like Ernie Banks always had a smile on his face. Always talked about the city and the ball club and you’ve got to be proud of an individual that played that much. He tutored me in some respect also,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins also remembered the words of advice Banks gave to him when playing for the Cubs.

“[Banks] said ‘If you can win, the people of Chicago and this city will open their arms for you.’ I was very fortunate enough to have some winning seasons,” Jenkins said. 

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