May 14, 2021

The Baseball 100: No. 81, Ferguson Jenkins (The Athletic)

Starting in December and ending on Opening Day, we at The Athletic will count down the 100 greatest baseball players by publishing an essay on a player every day for 100 days. In all, this project will contain roughly as many words as “Moby Dick.” Yes, we know it’s nutty. We hope you enjoy. 

Of the 17 pitchers in baseball history who have struck out 3,000 batters in their careers, only four have also walked fewer than 1,000. Three of them — Curt Schilling, Greg Maddux and Pedro Martinez — are of recent vintage. They pitched in a new game when hitters struck out unapologetically, and pitchers’ strikeout-to-walk ratios began to explode.

The fourth pitcher is Fergie Jenkins.

He has been largely forgotten by baseball fans, and this is in great part because he was barely remembered in the first place. Jenkins came of age in baseball’s golden age for starting pitchers. Because of this, he was more easily classified by what he did not…

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