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Cubs to honour Canada's Fergie Jenkins with statue outside Wrigley Field

Ferguson Jenkins, from Chatham, Ont., will be the fifth person honoured with a statue by the Chicago Cubs. Ernie Banks, Ron Santo and Billy Williams, as well as broadcaster Harry Caray, are the others.

Native of Chatham, Ont., became 1st Canadian in baseball Hall of Fame in 1991

The Chicago Cubs revealed Tuesday that a statue will be erected outside Wrigley Field in honour of Hall of Fame Canadian pitcher Fergie Jenkins. (Rex Arbogast/The Associated Press)

The Chicago Cubs will erect a statue of Ferguson Jenkins outside Wrigley Field to honour the Canadian pitcher.

The Cubs say a likeness of the Hall of Famer could be unveiled as early as next year.

Jenkins, from Chatham, Ont., will be the fifth person honoured with a statue by the Cubs. Ernie Banks, Ron Santo and Billy Williams, as well as broadcaster Harry Caray, are the others.

The 78-year-old Jenkins was the first Canadian elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., in 1991.

WATCH | Jenkins discusses statue honour with CBC's News Network:

Canadian Fergie Jenkins discusses getting statue outside Wrigley Field

1 year ago
Duration 7:04
Fergie Jenkins, the first-ever Canadian baseball player inducted into Cooperstown, talks to CBC's News Network about the statue being erected outside Wrigley Field in his honour.

Jenkins' best season was in 1971 as he won the National League Cy Young Award with the Cubs.

A member of the Cubs for parts of 10 seasons from 1966-73 and 1982-83, Jenkins is the club's career leader in starts (347) and strikeouts (2,038).

Jenkins won at least 20 games with the Cubs for six straight seasons from 1967-72.

The Canadian also has had his No. 31 retired by the Cubs.

WATCH | Cubs to erect statue in honour of Chatham, Ont.'s Jenkins:

Chicago Cubs to honour Chatham's Fergie Jenkins with statue outside Wrigley Field

1 year ago
Duration 1:31
The Chicago Cubs will erect a statue of Ferguson Jenkins outside Wrigley Field to honour the hall-of-fame Canadian pitcher — expected to go up on MLB opening day in April 2022.

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