Fergie Jenkins is the son of a Barbadian immigrant to Canada and a descendant of American slaves who escaped to Ontario via the Underground Railroad.
He’s the anchor for the Black Aces, a group of black Major League Baseball pitchers who won 20 or more games in a single season. He met that milestone every year from 1967 to 1972.
He’s a member of the 3,000 strikeout club.
He’s still well known. The Cubs–for whom he played from 1966 to 1973 and again from 1982 – 1983–have him as one of the attractions at Spring Training, signing baseballs and memorabilia for a fee.
Oh yeah, and this natural athlete (who excelled at track and field, hockey, and basketball in high school) also played two off-seasons with the Harlem Globetrotters.