ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Arguably the first superstar to don a Texas Rangers uniform, Ferguson Jenkins’ 6 seasons in Arlington still rank at the top of team’s all-time lists.
Fergie, as he’s known, was traded to the Rangers from the Cubs in October of 1973, paving the way for one of his best seasons in baseball. Jenkins won 25 games that season, completed 29 games, and won the American League Comeback Player of the Year award.
He’s still the Rangers leader for shutouts, with 17 in his time here, and is second behind Charlie Hough for most complete games with 90. “We did things differently back then,” he told CBSDFW in May of 2010, “It was expected of us to go 7-8 innings at least.”
Jenkins still keeps ties to baseball in North Texas, having worked with Fort Worth Cats pitchers during the spring of 2010, as well as throwing out a ceremonial first pitch during the Rangers ALCS and World Series appearances last fall.
He was inducted into the Major League Hall of Fame in 1991, and into the Rangers Hall of Fame in 2004.
For his work on the mound while in Arlington, he’s now been named #8 on the 21 Best Rangers Ever.