An in-depth interview with Ferguson Jenkins Listen in for stories from a true baseball legends: Chicago Cubs all-star pitcher, Cy Young Award winner, and the only Canadian in the National Baseball Hall of Fame: Fergie Jenkins. ▶ TRANSCRIPT at http://bitly.com/fergiejenkins
➔ 3:02 — The Pitcher’s Arm
➔ 7:45 — Conditioning and "Doorway Exercises"
➔ 10:10 — Running & Weight-Training
➔ 16:52 — Pitching Greats
➔ 21:37 — Being Discovered
➔ 25:49 — The Mental Game
➔ 34:16 — Confidence & Self-Control
➔ 36:05 — Racism
➔ 39:15 — The Harlem Globetrotters
➔ 47:11 — Almost a Cy Young Award...
➔ 48:55 — The Pitcher’s Mound
Ferguson Jenkins, or “Fergie,” is not just one of baseball’s greats but one of the Hall of Fame’s greats. He is the last pitcher to have won seven twenty-or-more game seasons. Pitching in the MLB from 1965 to 1983, and mainly in the National League, he faced the likes of Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Mickey Mantle.
Best known for his time as a Chicago Cub, TheBestSchools.org caught up with him at the big Cubs Convention in Chicago in January 2017 (a few months after the Cubs’ historic World Series victory). Pivoting off Fergie’s “dream season” of 1971, where he had an incredible strike-out-to-walk ratio of better than 7, won 24 games, and was awarded the Cy Young, Bill Dembski and Curtis Baugh interviewed Fergie for TBS about his pitching career.
In the interview, Bill and Curtis focused especially on Fergie’s habits of mind and unusually effective training techniques. There’s no pitcher like Fergie these days. He routinely pitched over 300 innings a season (these days pitchers are lucky to throw 200 innings in a season), threw batting practice for fun, and exhibited an amazing durability. Given all the arm injuries and surgeries to pitchers these days, this interview with Fergie offers many lessons for contemporary baseball.
If you love baseball and have any sense for the history of the game, you’ll want not just to listen to but also to carefully study this interview of Fergie. But Fergie is not just a great pitcher; he is a great man. For a window into Fergie’s life, how he has handled remarkable success as well as terrible tragedy, TheBestSchools.org was also able to do an audio interview with Fergie, conducted by Rich Tatum.
The Fergie Jenkins Foundation We want to thank Fergie Jenkins as well as Carl Kovacs, President of the Fergie Jenkins Foundation for making these interviews possible. It was a busy time at the Cubs Convention, and Fergie as well as his Foundation could not have been kinder in sharing with TBS Fergie’s wisdom about pitching and life.
Full transcript available at http://www.thebestschools.org/features/ferguson-jenkins-interview/
DATE: January 14, 2017
LOCATION: 2017 Chicago Cubs Convention; Chicago, Illinois
INTERVIEWERS: Bill Dembski, Curtis Baugh