Cubs to honour Canada's Fergie Jenkins with statue outside Wrigley Field
Native of Chatham, Ont., became 1st Canadian in baseball Hall of Fame in 1991
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:
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: