Tuesday, December 13, 2005

December 13th, 1942

Fergie Jenkins Born

Although he seems to be most often pictured these days in a cowboy hat, Jenkins' true claim to baseball trivia gold lies in the hat he should've been wearing, to wit, this one. Don't feel bad if you don't recognize it, most people don't without the full context. Now before I lose you completely, no, Jenkins never was an actual Mountie. In fact, given Jenkins was once discovered with a suitcase full of cocaine, marijuana and hashish, he's probably not really the Mountie type.

That's ok though, despite never making the RCMP, Jenkins was nonetheless a Canadian. And herein lies his trivia: upon his election to the Hall of Fame in 1991--not a terrible choice by the way, although hardly a great one--Jenkins became the first Canadian inducted into the Hall of Fame. As if that was not trivia enough, to this day Jenkins remains the only Canadian so enshrined. Jenkins is still regarded as a national hero in Canada--his conviction for the aforementioned suitcase of drugs was erased instantly after being handed down on grounds of his past behavior--and unless Larry Walker sneaks his way in figures to remain for the foreseeable future Canada's only baseball Hall of Famer.

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