Ferguson Jenkins picking up Order of Canada 28 years late

Ferguson Jenkins, the only Canadian in baseball's Hall of Fame, will receive his Order of Canada next month, more than 28 years after scheduling issues kept him from appearing at the ceremony when it was first awarded.

Baseball's only Canadian Hall of Famer had scheduling issues in 1979

It's taken 28 years, but Canadian baseball legend Ferguson Jenkins will finally receive his Order of Canada insignia next month.

Jenkins' charity foundation, which is based in St. Catharines, announced Wednesday that he would receive the insignia during a May 4 ceremony in Ottawa.

A spokesperson for the Governor General's Office said details on other appointments were expected to be released next week.

Jenkins, a 63-year-old native of Chatham, Ont., was invested as a member of the Order of Canada on Dec. 17, 1979. He never received the insignia due to availability and scheduling issues.

The three-time all-star, who won the National League Cy Young Award in 1971, became the first Hall of Famer from Canada when he was elected in 1991.

He broke into the majors with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1965 and reached the 20-win mark on seven occasions. He also played for the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox before retiring after the 1983 season.

Jenkins had a career record of 284-226 with 3,192 strikeouts and a 3.34 ERA.