Fergie Jenkins played for spirited managers


At Bosse Field on Saturday for The Greatest Save Hall of Fame Legends Game, Ferguson Jenkins reminisced about his 18-year major league baseball career.

Wearing his Chicago Cubs’ uniform, Jenkins was unable to play because he underwent a knee replacement nine weeks ago.

He played for his share of Napoleonic major league managers.

“I played for Gene Mauch at Philadelphia and they called him the ‘Little General,’ ” Jenkins said. “I played for Leo Durocher (with the Cubs) and Billy Martin (with the Texas Rangers).”

But he didn’t have a problem with any of them.

“They all told me to go out and pitch and win,” Jenkins said. “They understood that winning was what it was all about.” 

–Gordon Engelhardt


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About Gordon Engelhardt

Many moons ago, I was a semipro baseball pitcher and my love for the grand old game continues unabated. I was lucky enough to cover the White Sox in the 1983 ALCS and the Cubbies in the 1984 NLCS while living in northern Illinois. I have covered several Cardinals games, but never in postseason.

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