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The Fergie Jenkins Foundation Newsletter
Spring Training fundraisers come through for charities
Forty-six days. Five ballparks. Eleven recipient charities. Countless lasting memories. These details summarize the experiences of the Fergie Jenkins Foundation, who just returned from its annual six-week trip to Arizona, hosting charity autograph signings during baseball’s Cactus League Spring Training. 2012 represented the largest commitment the Foundation has made to charity fundraising in Arizona and the results were incredible. Bringing in many former baseball players to sign autographs, not a day went by throughout the month of March without an autograph session taking place. The Foundation set up booths at ballparks in Phoenix (Oakland Athletics), Mesa (Chicago Cubs), Scottsdale (San Francisco Giants), Peoria (San Diego Padres and With Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers (center) looking on, a young fan tries on Seattle Mariners) and Surprise Jim “Mudcat” Grant’s All-Star and World (Texas Rangers and Kansas City Series rings. Royals), with proceeds from the signings being directed towards charities affiliated with the team or having a presence in Arizona. The charities who benefited from the signings are the Mesa Hohokams, the Scottsdale Charros, the Peoria Diamond Club, St. Mary’s Food Bank, JDRF, the American Cancer Society, the Texas Rangers Foundation, Surprise Youth Programs, the Oakland A’s Community Fund, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix and the Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter. Baseball greats and special guests that signed with the Foundation throughout the month included Fergie, Gaylord Perry, Rollie Fingers, Jim “Mudcat” Grant, Lee Smith, Jody Davis, Dave Kingman, Bert Campaneris, George Foster, Willie Wilson, Dave Stewart, John “Blue Moon” Odom, Bill Buckner, Pete LaCock and Meadowlark Lemon. Each game brought about a different rotation of celebrity signees with fans eager to get an opportunity to meet their heroes, often for the first time.
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Inside This Issue
Foundation event calendar ..... 4 Fergie’s garage treasures ..... 5 At home at the Hampton MLB FanFests Accolates for Turcotte ..... 7 ..... 11 ..... 13 ..... 15
An autographed Fergie Jenkins jersey for a young fan and his grandfather.
Fantasy Camp 2012
Top: ©photo by Adrienne Helitzer/ Still Productions/2012
“Serving Humanitarian Need Through the Love of Sport”
Swinging for the Fences
PROFILING THE CHARITIES WE ARE PROUD TO SUPPORT
The Fergie Jenkins Foundation
Who We Are
Fergie Jenkins Carl Kovacs John Oddi .................... Chairman .................... President ........ Executive Director
Board of Directors Jaff Stevenson Reid Strongman Barry House Rick Quirk Peter Warkentin
For more than a century, the Canadian Red Cross has offered emergency response, first aid training, community health programs, family reunification and many more services across Canada. The Canadian Red Cross is guided by the principles of humanity and provides help to anyone who needs it regardless of their location, race, political beliefs, religion, social status or culture. In June, the Fergie Jenkins Foundation will continue its longstanding relationship with the Canadian Red Cross by once again supporting the organization through the 19th Annual Fergie Jenkins Charity Classic.
Paul Cartwright Kelly McGiffin David Schurman Denise Stone Dave Hamilton
Bill Loftus Sid Stern Dennis Coulson Ben Craig
Craig Nyman Director, Special Events Mike Treadgold Communications Officer Editor-in-Chief Ryan Nava Community Relations Officer Rachel Pray Executive Assistant
The YMCA is a charitable organization dedicated to helping build strong individuals, families and communities. For over 150 years, the YMCA has offered a number of programs focusing on health, fitness, recreation, child care, employment training and a number of other services meant to help improve and strengthen one’s life. Each year, nearly 200,000 people benefit from the services offered by the YMCA Wanakita. In June, the Fergie Jenkins will offer its support to help the YMCA Wanakita continue its mission as the charity is a major supporter of the 19th Annual Fergie Jenkins Charity Classic .
For more information
Mail to: 67 Commerce Place - Suite 3, St.Catharines, ON, Canada L2R 6P7 905-688-9418 • email@example.com
Alyssa Munro Administrative Assistant Kerrigan McNeill Public Relations Intern
Brock University Interns
Tyler Harrison Sport Management Noah Anderson Sport Management Dexter McQueen Sport Management Nick Butts Sport Management Zack Schipper Sport Management Brett Varey Sport Management
A home run for Arizona charities
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charity events as well, taking time to engage with each fan, take pictures and share stories of their playing days. While each fan went home with an autographed souvenir, many surely felt that the personal time spent with each former player was what was truly valuable. Fergie and the Foundation would like to thank everyone ©photo by Adrienne Helitzer/ Still Productions/2012 who helped make Spring Training such a great success. We look forward to continuing to develop and maintain such great relationships in the Phoenix area and hope that we can expand our goodwill missions there in 2013.
John “Blue Moon” Odom, a three-time World Series champion with Oakland, takes a break between autographs. Also pictured are Mudcat Grant, Gaylord Perry and Jody Davis. Rollie Fingers (left-center) and Bert Campaneris pose with two volunteers from Arizona State University.
BME Church gets an update
During Fergie Jenkins’ cross-Canada stamp tour last February, one particular location in St. Catharines proved to be especially interesting as Fergie helped promote Black History initiatives across the country. The British Methodist Episcopalian (BME) Church on Geneva St. was once a stop along the Underground Railroad in the 19th Century, the network used by African-Americans escaping slavery south of the border. Harriet Tubman, the great abolitionist, brought escaped slaves to the St. Catharines location during the 1850s with the church becoming one of the great landmarks in Canadian history. In November 2011, Harlem Globetrotter legend, Meadowlark Lemon, also a close friend of Fergie dating back to their basketball-playing days, led a worship service there. The BME Church has been recognized as a national heritage site, but despite its place in history, the church has been long overdue in receiving the necessary upgrades to its appearance to keep it functional. That has since changed as on Monday, April 9, renovations began as the result of a project led by the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. Restored windows are the first of many steps that will drastically improve the look of the church. Roof repair, the addition of an accessible elevator and upgrades to the lower level are next on the agenda with hopes of the project being completed before March 10, 2013, the centennial of Tubman’s death.
The players were visibly
Accomplished authors tag along with the Fergie gang
If you stopped by the Fergie Jenkins Foundation booth this year at any of the Chicago Cubs Spring Training games in Mesa, Arizona, you might have seen some unfamiliar faces among the players signing autographs for charity. later this summer when it makes its annual trip to Milwaukee. Lechner, who arrived in Arizona with former LA Times photographer Adrienne Helitzer, was promoting her book, The Chicago Cubs – Our Team, Our Dream – A Cubs Fan’s Journey During the last two weeks of Spring Training, the Foundation into Baseball’s Greatest Romance, a photo documentary was lucky enough to be joined by Tammy that looks at 15 years of Cubs history. Both Lechner and Marla McKenna, a pair of great Lechner and Helitzer are accomplished authors who spent time signing, promoting photojournalists and the book has always and selling their baseball books with a portion been very well received by Cubs fans who of the proceeds being directed towards the enjoy the opportunity to reminisce about the Fergie Jenkins Foundation. history of their beloved team. Lechner has spent time in Arizona with the Fergie Jenkins McKenna is the author of Mom’s Big Catch, Foundation in previous years and her book a children’s book based on real events that continues to be a hit with fans, especially took place at Miller Park in Milwaukee. The Tammy Lechner (left) and Marla McKenna when Fergie autographs one particular page book was a hit with families with young spent a week with the Foundation, promoting that is devoted to him. children at the game, as well as other fans who purchased the book to take home to their kids. ©photo by Adrienne Helitzer/ Still Productions/2012 It was a great pleasure to work with both McKenna was very engaging with the young Lechner and McKenna during Spring Training children and families with whom she met. The Fergie Jenkins this year. Their books are both available online and we all look Foundation looks forward to partnering with McKenna again forward to working with them again in the future.
their great baseball books.
FOUNDATION ROAD MAP
WHERE WE’VE BEEN AND WHERE WE’RE GOING December 2011
December 2 - 4 • Doug Davis Foundation Charity Golf/ Poker Tournament • Phoenix, AZ December 14 - 18 • Holiday JDRF Signing • Sports N More • Yorktown Mall • Lombard, IL
April 5 • Opening Day Activities • Wrigley Field • Chicago, IL April 7 • Meijer Cooking Guest Appearance • Chicago, IL April 24-26 • Navy Pier appearance with the Chicago Cubs • Chicago, IL April 28 • Christian Baseball League Appearance, London, ON April 29 • Toronto Maple Leafs pitching clinic • Dominico Field at Christie Pits Park • Toronto, ON
January 4 - 5 • It’s All in the Game Holiday Baseball Camp • Peoria Sports Complex • Peoria, AZ January 13 - 15 • Cubs Convention • The Hilton Chicago • Chicago, IL January 13 - 15 • Texas Rangers FanFest • Arlington Convention Center • Arlington, TX January 22 - 27 • Randy Hundley’s Fantasy Camp • Mesa, AZ January 26 • Warren Spahn Award Dinner • Jim Thorpe Museum • Oklahoma City, OK January 27 - 29 • TwinsFest • H.H.H. Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN
May 3 • Shopping mall appearance • Lawrence Square • Toronto, ON May 4-6 • 44th Annual Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo • International Centre • Toronto, ON May 16-17 • Barrie Baycats Celebrity Sports dinner • Barrie, ON
February 1 • Black History Month Kick Off and Autograph Signing • Ottawa, ON February 2 - 5 • Waste Management Open • Phoenix, AZ February 23 • Speaking Engagement • Philip Pocock Catholic Secondary School • Mississauga, ON February 24 - 26 • Scottsdale Charros Fan Fest • Scottsdale, AZ
June 12-13 • Scatcherd Golf Scramble • Oakwood Resort • Grand Bend, ON June 15 • 19th Annual Fergie Jenkins Charity Classic • Rockway Glen Golf Course & Estate Winery • St. Catharines, ON June 22 • 16th Annual Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Charity Golf Tournament • St. Mary’s, ON
March 1 • The Fergie Jenkins Foundation officially submits its Trillium Foundation grant proposal to expand the Fergie Jenkins Museum March 2 - April 3 • Charity autograph signings at Cactus League Spring Training • Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale, Surprise, Peoria, AZ
On May 3, 2009, former Cubs star pitchers Fergie Jenkins and Greg Maddux had their number, 31, retired in a ceremony at Wrigley Field.
Fergie’s garage provides a trip down memory lane
When you spend your entire life eating, sleeping and breathing baseball, the memories that are created can – and should – last a lifetime. For Fergie Jenkins, those memories have spanned more than 60 years, a time period in which he has gathered some incredibly valuable and storyladen pieces of memorabilia. Equipment bags filled with gameused uniforms, boxes of autographed baseballs, signed bats, priceless photos and Fergie’s personal awards were some of the more interesting items that Fergie and several members of the Foundation uncovered as they sorted through two garages filled with treasures in Fergie’s Arizona home. The purpose of the “treasure hunt” was to bring some of Fergie’s prized possessions up to Canada to put on display in his new museum in St. Catharines. It was a generous offer made by Fergie to decide to part with some of his personal belongings, and he understands that displaying his memorabilia is the best way to educate people about his history and his accomplishments, which is what the museum will do. the Negro Leagues, Mickey Mantle autographed baseballs, a poster signed by every member of the 1969 Cubs, and pieces bearing the autograph of “The Splendid Splinter” Ted Williams. These, in addition to Fergie’s uniforms, were but a few of the items found in his garages that have since made their way north to soon be put on display. With all the pieces in place, the next challenge for the Foundation is to determine the best way to display all of Fergie’s items. Each of the pieces of memorabilia tells a story about a certain time in his life – stories that anyone would find fascinating.
Among the many pieces of sports memorabilia found in Fergie’s garage included the ball from the 1991 All-Star Game in Toronto in which Fergie threw out the first pitch.
Memorabilia fanatics and those interested in the history of baseball would be amazed with some of the relics that were uncovered: a bat signed by the great members of
Fergie’s museum faces its next giant hurdle
In November 2011, hundreds of people witnessed the grand opening of the Fergie Jenkins Museum at the Foundation office in St. Catharines. With an abundance of media and local dignitaries in attendance, along with one very special custommade cake, the event was a great success. Those in attendance got a glimpse of the future plans for a facility that will honour the accomplishments of Canada’s greatest baseball player. And while the second floor Black History exhibit has been mostly completed, the development of the lower level is largely contingent on securing a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). The Fergie Jenkins Foundation has recently submitted an application for funding to the OTF, following a long process that saw Carl Kovacs and Alyssa Munro travel to dozens of other sports-related museums across Canada. The purpose of their travels was to obtain as much information as possible about other museum features, ideas about what to include and what to expect in terms of using a curator to display Fergie’s wealth of memorabilia. Grant proposals of this magnitude – intended to fund an entire museum project – are taken very seriously by the Trillium Foundation, who has already enjoyed a successful partnership with the Fergie Jenkins Foundation. A great deal of hard work and detail has been put into this application, with results expected in early May of 2012. Stay tuned for the results of the application in the next issue of View from the Hill.
Cheryl Miller, owner of Cake by Cheryl, created this special cake for the occasion of the grand opening of the Fergie Jenkins Museum.
Photos of charity check presentations made by the Fergie Jenkins Foundation in Arizona
Meadowlark Lemon and Carl Kovacs present a check to Christina Calio, with the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance - ©photo by Adrienne Helitzer/ Still Productions/2012
Carl Kovacs and Meadowlark Lemon present a check to Jenna Blusiewicz, with JDRF Desert Southwest Chapter Phoenix - ©photo by Adrienne Helitzer/ Still Productions/2012
Fergie presents a check to Roz Shanley, volunteer coordinator with the Peoria Diamond Club.
Fergie presents a check to Mark Coronado with the City of Surprise Youth Programs.
Fergie and Gaylord Perry (right) present a check to Richard “Hoggy” Price, equipment and clubhouse manager with the Texas Rangers (representing the Texas Rangers Foundation).
Fergie presents a check to Nancy Roach, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House in Phoenix.
The Fergie Jenkins Foundation’s home away from home
Given the amount of time that the Fergie Jenkins Foundation spends on the road, traveling across North America to raise money for charity, one must quickly become accustomed to hotel life. Year after year, Fergie and the Foundation make countless stopovers at hotels from coast to coast. There is one hotel, however, that sets itself apart from the rest. Each year during Spring Training, the Hampton Inn Phoenix Airport North opens its doors to the Foundation, providing a friendly and accommodating home away from home for Fergie, the Foundation staff and other explayers throughout the month. anyone interested in enjoying some goodwill time with Fergie, former players and the Foundation staff. At the heart of this incredible atmosphere is the hotel’s general manager, Diane Robins. One of the Foundation’s greatest supporters, Diane is one of the reasons we enjoy our time in Phoenix so much. She operates her hotel with the utmost class and professionalism and, Craig Nyman, the Foundation’s Director of Special Events, proudly Diane Robins (third from left), our “Arizona Mom” with her calls her his “children,” Laura, Kevin, Dexter, Ryan, Mike, Craig and Steven. “Arizona Mom” Throughout the month, you’ll likely find Diane proudly displaying pictures of the Foundation’s Hampton experiences on her Facebook page, complete with ear-to-ear smiles, representative of the great times had by all. The Fergie Jenkins Foundation would like to thank the entire staff at the Hampton Inn for yet another wonderful month under your roof. To Diane, Dom, Terry, Emjay, Tammy, Lynnea, Gio, Ashley, Jakki, Becky, Al, Bruce, Christian, Demetrius, MoMo, Abraham, Chris and the rest of the hotel staff: we sincerely appreciate everything you do for us and can’t wait to be back!
When the Fergie Jenkins event van rolls into the parking lot at the beginning of the month, it doesn’t take long for the Foundation to “move in” where a banner is quickly hung pronouncing the Hampton Inn to be “The Home of the Fergie Jenkins Foundation.” To know the staff at the Hampton is like having a second family. Every employee greets you warmly on a daily basis and goes above and beyond to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Hot breakfasts are provided daily and weekly hospitality evenings provide barbeque dinners, salads and famous pies for
Craig Nyman hangs the Fergie Jenkins Foundation banner in the Hampton lobby. Spring Training has officially begun.
Road tripping with Fergie - the experience of a lifetime
I’ve been with the Fergie Jenkins Foundation for more than a year and a half and it has been a great experience working with Fergie and some of the greatest baseball players to ever play the game. The highlight for me, however, was this past December when I had the opportunity to drive across the United States with Fergie. I was driving from Phoenix, Arizona, to St. Catharines, Ontario, and Fergie needed to get from Phoenix to Peoria, Illinois. Instead of taking a three-hour flight, he decided to drive with me, so I didn’t have to make the three-day road trip by myself. We spent two days together in a van, packed with Fergie’s most valuable sports memorabilia from his playing days. The memorabilia was on its way from Fergie’s garage to the Fergie Jenkins Museum in Canada. Halfway through the first day, Fergie took the reins and drove the stretch through the Colorado Mountains. The scenery was some of the most beautiful I have ever seen, but the drive was dangerous at times due to a heavy snowfall that continued throughout our trek. I was extremely thankful that he was with me, but I also couldn’t believe that I was driving with one of Canada’s all-time greatest athletes. The second day was unforgettable, especially for me since I work on the Foundation’s public relations team. Early in the day, it was announced that Fergie’s longtime friend and ex-teammate, Ron Santo, had finally been inducted in to the National Baseball Hall Fame. Santo passed away in December 2011, one year prior to the announcement of his Hall of Fame induction. When the news broke, Fergie’s phone wouldn’t stop ringing as media outlets from across the continent wanted to know Fergie’s reaction and get it first. Needless to say, I got it first and it will be something I will cherish forever. In true Fergie fashion, he answered every question with class and poise, despite the bittersweet nature of the announcement as he wished that Santo could have enjoyed this day with his family and friends.
Rockway Glen in a class by itself, preparing to host two more Fergie Jenkins golf events
Throughout the past 19 years, the Fergie Jenkins Foundation has enjoyed a great partnership with Rockway Glen Golf Course and Estate Winery in St. Catharines. The host of not one, but two annual Fergie Jenkins charity golf tournaments, Rockway Glen has opened its doors to the Foundation, providing exemplary facilities and a professional landscape for what has become one of the most prestigious charity events in the Niagara region. Local businesses and residents in the community have been quick to offer their annual support for the Fergie Jenkins events, selling out the tournaments at a very early date and providing some incredible sponsorships. The 2012 June golf event sold out faster than ever with only singles remaining after April 1. Corporations and tournament regulars had to move fast to submit their foursomes, knowing that the Fergie Jenkins Foundation and Rockway Glen were getting ready to host a terrific tournament, with widespread charity implications. Big Brothers Big Sisters, CNIB, YMCA Camp Wanakita and Special Olympics will all have a major presence on the day of the tournament, supervising one of the beautiful par 3’s at Rockway Glen as participants take aim at one of the elusive hole-inone prizes. The Canadian Red Cross will, once again, handle the registration table where golfers enjoy a Halloween-like experience, filling their registration goodie bags with items provided by a number of corporate sponsors. Following the tournament play, the participants always come together in the Rockway Glen banquet hall, gathering for an evening of check presentations, speeches and auctions. The meal that is provided during the banquet is always top-notch as Rockway Glen’s kitchen staff works tirelessly to put the finishing touches on a great day. But the Fergie Jenkins Foundation’s illustrious partnership with Rockway Glen goes beyond just golf. In addition to 18 holes of beauty, Rockway Glen has also become famous for its winery that wraps around the fairways. Fergie has put his own name on a number of different bottles that are distributed in the Rockway Glen wine boutique, many With many charity golf of which are tournaments under his belt, award-winning Fergie has become a master of the greens at Rockway Glen. labels. As part of their registration fee, golfers enjoy different Fergie Jenkins wines during the dinner banquet, often choosing to purchase additional bottles to take home and share with their families. The Fergie Jenkins Foundation couldn’t be more thrilled to continue with its partnership with Rockway Glen. With two charity tournaments scheduled to take place there in 2012, great results are expected for the Foundation, the golf course and most importantly, the surrounding charities in the Niagara region.
Recognize this picture?
©photo courtesy of the Canadian Press
Last summer during the 2011 Royal Tour of Canada, this picture found its way into newspapers across the globe as Rachel Pray displayed her affection for the Royal couple. Rachel’s current job: Administrative Assistant at the Fergie Jenkins Foundation. We welcome her enthusiasm to the team.
Highlights of each Fergie Jenkins event are the check presentations made during the dinner banquet to our family of supported charities.
Jenkins, Raines, Tiant and Rice sign for Red Cross at annual Toronto memorabilia expo
Sports fans and collectors gathered on the weekend of May 4-6 for the Sportcard and Memorabilia Expo held at the Toronto International Centre in Mississauga. In its 44th year, the expo included over 900 tables with sports and other memorabilia. The three-day event offered fans and collectors the opportunity to receive signatures from and interact with some of their favourite professional athletes. Fergie, along with the Foundation staff, attended all three days of the event signing autographs and meeting with fans. Fergie was joined by fellow baseball stars Luis Tiant, Tim Raines and Hall of Famer Jim Rice. The Foundation set up the only baseball-related table at the event while other autograph exhibitors featured appearances from professional athletes from a number of different sports. Some of the other featured guests included Stanley Cup-winning goalie Dominik Hasek, Sabres greats Pat LaFontaine and Gilbert Perreault, current Sabres forward Cody Hodgson, professional wrestling legend “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan and current Calgary Flames forward Mike Cammalleri. Each day, Fergie, Tiant, Raines and Rice signed autographs for the line of fans in exchange for donations in support of the Canadian Red Cross. The Foundation has supported the goals of the Red Cross RespectED abuse prevention program since day one and the two organizations have worked together on numerous events including the 19th Annual Fergie Jenkins Foundation Charity Golf Classic, held June 15 at Rockway Glen Golf Course and Estate Winery in St. Catharines.
Guy Yerama, Manager of Fund Development for the Canadian Red Cross, with Fergie, Tim Raines, Luis Tiant and Jim Rice at the Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo in Mississauga.
Representing the Cubs, Fergie lends a hand at 2012 MLB Draft
Fergie Jenkins fondly recalls the time when he was signed to his first pro contract by Philadelphia Phillies scout Gene Dziadura in 1962. It was a time of realizing his dream of becoming a major league baseball player. And on June 4, Fergie helped another young player try to realize his own dream, as he announced the Cubs draft selection of right-handed pitcher Pierce Johnson, chosen 43rd overall in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Johnson was the Cubs second selection of the evening after taking outfielder Albert Almora sixth overall. The draft was all part of Fergie’s whirlwind weekend in New York as he not only represented the Cubs at the draft, but also rang the bell with fellow MLB greats (pictured, right) at the Nasdaq stock market.
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Fergie (fifth from right) joins fellow MLB greats Frank Robinson, Tommy Lasorda, Ivan Rodriguez and Rick Cey to ring the bell at the Nasdaq stock market.
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At the 2012 MLB Draft, Fergie proudly announces the Cubs selection of right-handed pitcher, Pierce Johnson.
Name: Pierce Johnson Position: Right-handed Pitcher Height: 6’3” Weight: 180 lb College: Missouri State Bears Velocity: 91-95mph Best pitch: Curveball 2012 Stats: 4-6, 2.53 ERA, 119K’s/99.2 IP Claim to Fame: Introduced by Fergie Jenkins as Cubs draft pick.
The next Cubs ace?
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Clayton Kershaw, the 2011 winner of the Warren Spahn Award, with Warren’s son, Greg.
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Eric Gagne, the only Canadian to win the Cy Young besides Fergie
Tony Oliva was at TwinsFest with a group advocating for his Hall of Fame candidacy
Acclaimed artist Randall Hedden with one of his paint masterpieces at the Doug Davis charity event in Scottsdale
Bert Blyleven stopped by the booth to sign for Fergie
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Dave Stewart (center) with a couple of dedicated Oakland A’s fans on St. Patrick’s Day
At a Blackhawks game with former Cub Rick Monday
Fergie aboard a Boeing 737 Flight Simulator in Calgary, AB
Fergie at the new Bullett Proof Baseball Academy in Welland
Fergie’s star status captivates Rotary audience in Barrie
It’s said that the stars are brighter the further north you go. That couldn’t have been truer on Saturday, May 18, at the Barrie Sports Celebrity Dinner, where the stars were out and bigger than ever. The bi-annual event in support of the Barrie Rotary Club was star studded, with three Hall of Famers at the head table as special guests, Fergie being one of them. Sandy Hawley (jockey) and Dale Hawerchuk (hockey) were the other two Hall of Famers with Angelo Mosca (CFL) joining them. Also, Johnny Bower (hockey) along with 30 other table celebrities were in attendance to help raise money for the rotary club. For $150, dinner goers had a chance to rub shoulders with local, national and international sport celebrities. They also were entertained by Mike Bullard, a Canadian entertainment icon. Known for his talk show and sometimes border line offensive humour, Bullard knocked it out of the park that night as he was the master of ceremonies and had the place in stitches. With over 300 people in attendance, the head table was introduced and each took their turns at the podium. They each told the audience stories from their playing days and, needless to say, there was a lot of ribbing going on. Fergie was the last to speak and received a huge ovation. After he finished speaking, an autographed Chicago Cubs jersey was put up for live auction, which helped raise $1,100 with the winning bid. It was a great night for Barrie and the Rotary Club. It didn’t matter how far north you went on that night because the brightest stars were in Barrie.
Fergie poses with the lucky winning bidder of an autographed Chicago Cubs jersey, capping off a great evening in Barrie.
Fergie’s pitching expertise comes in handy for Intercounty Maple Leafs
On Friday, May 4, Fergie took time to head up to Toronto and pass along the baseball knowledge he gained through his Hall of Fame career to the Toronto Maple Leafs independent baseball team in the Intercounty Leage. Fergie worked with the pitchers on and off the mound during one of their final pre-season practices. He started the practice by explaining how to warm up properly and maximize their practice time by using every throw as a practice pitch. He then went on to work with the pitchers individually, focusing on their mechanics, and giving them pointers on every aspect of the pitchm from set up to release to how to prepare to defend against a hit. Fergie even picked up a tell on one of the young pitchers. “Every time you stick your tongue out, you throw a fastball,” he said. Fergie was right. These are the little things that sometimes, only a Hall of famer sees. On Saturday, May 5, Fergie and the Foundation attended the 25th Annual Toronto Maple Leafs Sports Celebrity Dinner. Fergie was again joined by Luis Tiant, Tim Raines, Jim Riceand 2011 Hall of Fame inductee and Toronto Blue Jays legend Roberto Alomar. The dinner, hosted by Jack Dominico, owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs independent league baseball team, was held at the Toronto Airport Marriot Hotel. The sold out event included a buffet dinner, autograph signings and a question-and answer period with the five stars. Fans were eager to receive autographs from the five stars, but it was the stories and advice from Fergie, Tiant, Raines, Rice and Alomar that really made the evening. Each player shared stories from their careers and offered valuable advice to the young fans that might be looking to pursue a professional baseball career.
Fergie and Friends kick off Spring Training at Scottsdale Charros Fan Festival
The beginning of Spring Training has a longstanding symbolic nature to it; the end of winter, the beginning of spring and the start of a new baseball season. Pitchers, in particular, enjoy a special relationship with Spring Training. They, along with catchers, are the first players to report to their respective camps, halfway through February for their first group of workouts as they prepare for another grueling season. The beginning of the 2012 Spring Training season was marked by a fan festival in Scottsdale, AZ, recognizing the Scottsdale Charros, the non-profit organization affiliated with the San Francisco Giants. season, were joined by former Cubs slugger, Dave Kingman. A jazz and blues band was featured on the main stage, creating a great atmosphere for the event and at one point, they were joined by Grant, also an accomplished musician. Throughout his playing career, “Mudcat and his Kittens” traveled to night clubs across North America, recording and performing. And despite being 76 years old, Mudcat can still croon to an audience, breaking into a rendition of Jimmy Reed’s Baby What You Want Me To Do, much to the delight of the fans, most of whom were too young to know that Grant was a man of talents that went beyond just pitching. There was a constant feeling of excitement in the air In a live exclusive television feature, Fergie offered baseball advice to throughout the 3TV’s Brittney Shipp at the fan festival. weekend as fans welcomed the opportunity to enjoy the start of a new year with their baseball heroes. With proceeds from the event being donated by Fergie to the Charros, the fan festival was a sign of great things to come throughout the rest of the month.
The two-day event featured a charity autograph session at the Fergie Jenkins Foundation booth that welcomed three former pitchers: Fergie, Rollie Fingers and Jim “Mudcat” Grant. These three great hurlers, excited to be taking part in the official kickoff to the 2012
Celebrities at the Charros Fan Festival included (left to right) Fergie, Dave Kingman, Jim “Mudcat” Grant and Rollie Fingers.
Go (Mid)West, young man!
The Fergie Jenkins Foundation would like to wish Noah Anderson the best of luck as he travels to Illinois to play summer baseball for the MidWest Goobers of the Chicagoland Collegiate League and the Will County Crackerjacks of the MidWest Collegiate League.
Noah, an intern with the Foundation for the past 18 months, was a standout pitcher with the Brock Badgers, as well as the Newfoundland and Labrador Terra Novas at the 2009 Canada Games. We already know Chicago loves Canadian pitchers!
“No Limits” to Fergie’s charitable reach as major leaguers, past and present, come together in Scottsdale
Baseball celebrities, Texas Hold’Em, a charity golf tournament, Miss Illinois, live music, an artist painting, rare sports memorabilia and great food. You may be asking, what does this all mean? These are the components of a great weekend of raising money for charity. From Dec. 2-4, Fergie and the Foundation attended the 4th Annual Doug Davis Miracle League Foundation Golf Tournament in Scottsdale, AZ. There were 200 participants in addition to 40 current and former professional baseball players. Some of the highlight celebrities included Fergie Jenkins, Robin Yount, Bob Uecker, Tim Raines, Luis Gonzalez, Justin Upton and Ryan Dempster. The three-day event kicked off with a VIP meet and greet, and silent auction. The night was full of excitement, and upon arrival, you felt as if you were entering an exclusive party, which you were. The party was held in a beautiful private home surrounded by the hills on the outskirts of Phoenix. On the second day, Doug Davis’s home was the location for a poker tournament. Set up in his backyard was a massive tent, where over 150 people played in the No-Limit tournament, a $100 donation was the buy-in and the prize for the final person sitting at the table was an all-inclusive trip to Hawaii. This is where Fergie, Craig and Ryan
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from the Foundation showed their poker skills by making it down to the final four tables, with Fergie continuing further to the final two, only to get blinded out. Better luck next year, boys.
The tournament concluded with an amazing dinner, which included a silent auction with over 80 sports memorabilia items to bid on, a live band and a painting of Muhammad Ali & Joe Frazier, created on the spot in 6 minutes. The brilliant piece of artwork sold for over $1,200 and all proceeds went to the charity. The weekend was full of great moments. It gave participants the opportunity to sit back, talk to, and even get signatures from their favorite baseball players of past and present. The best part – it was all for a great cause.
Participants of the 4th Annual Doug Davis Miracle League Celebrity Golf Tournament in Scottsdale, Arizona.
“We were extremely happy the Sunday, was the final day of the Foundation could help out and event and the climax of what the participate in this event,” said Craig previous two days led up to: the Nyman, Director of Special Events for celebrity golf tournament. The the Fergie Jenkins Foundation. “We tournament was held at Keirland look forward to many more years in Golf Club in Scottsdale. The course partnering with Doug and his charity.” was challenging The event raised for some, but more than $75,000 fun for all, and to help support six the tournament different charities, went off without including The a hitch. There Miracle League were prizes and of Arizona, The contests on most Purple Society, The of the holes, Steele Children’s including a “beat Fergie’s chip stacks were among the leaders throughout most of the Research Center, charity poker tournament at the Doug Davis event. the pro” challenge, The Ryan & Jenny where challengers Dempster Family Foundation, The had to outdrive a professional long Fergie Jenkins Foundation and The drive specialist. Junior Spivey Little League Program.
Fergie would also like to offer a special thanks to Jennifer (left), Teri and Jim (not pictured) from the Niagara College Greenhouse Nursery for supplying us with poinsettias during the holiday season. The greenhouse off of Taylor Rd. in Niagara-on-the-Lake is open year round. Thank you!
Number 10 on Cubs fans’ minds
Attendees of the 27th Annual Cubs Convention had but one individual on their minds as they descended on the Windy City for the yearly fan festival: Ron Santo. The basement of the Downtown Hilton Chicago served as the venue for the three-day event. And the most common sight among the thousands of fans that packed the hotel were shirts and jerseys with Santo’s famous number 10 on the back. In July, the late Cubs third baseman and beloved broadcaster will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, having been named on 15 of 16 Veterans Committee ballots in December.
Rangers FanFest brings back old memories
The fortunate location of the Fergie Jenkins Foundation booth at the Texas Rangers FanFest allowed a pair of one-time Lone Star greats to relive baseball memories with old friends. With Fergie coping with Chicago’s cold weather at Cubs Convention, which took place on the same weekend (Jan. 13-15), Gaylord Perry and Bert Campaneris manned the Foundation booth on Fergie’s behalf at the annual fan festival at the Arlington Convention Center. The booth’s location, nearby the Rangers team photo booth, was a fortunate stroke of luck that brought back memories for Perry and “Campy.” Throughout the weekend, former Rangers players and coaches made their way to the photo booth to take shots with fans, while also stopping to say hello to Perry and Campaneris who were raising money for Rangers Care and Breast Cancer Research via autograph signings. As a result of this fortunate placement, the autograph signings were a great success with Perry and Campaneris enjoying their time spent with excited Rangers fans. One of the highlight autograph items from the weekend was a custom made Texas Rangers horse saddle on which a woman wanted Perry’s autograph. These kinds of specialty items always bring smiles to the faces of the former players as they are creative alternatives to the traditional baseballs and photographs that they are more familiar with signing.
A booth full of Aces
The Fergie Jenkins Foundation booth at the annual Minnesota TwinsFest in January had a different look to it this year. Instead of featuring Hall of Famers at its autograph sessions, Fergie and the Foundation decided to look at baseball from a more cultural perspective, bringing in five of the famous Black Aces. The Black Aces are a group of 14 Black pitchers who have won more than 20 games in a single season throughout Major League Baseball history. Never before had the Foundation been able to bring in so many members of this group for a single autograph session. The concept of the Black Aces was founded by Jim “Mudcat” Grant, the first “Black Ace.” Grant’s book, The Black Aces: Baseball’s Only African-American Twenty-Game Winners, was available in exchange for donation. The “Aces” who made the trip to
On hand for Cubs Convention were (clockwise from top left Bill Buckner, Fergie Jenkins, Rollie Fingers, Jody Davis and Lee Smith.
In addition to all the Santo hype, the Fergie Jenkins Foundation once again set up shop among the vendors, putting on an impressive autograph session that featured Hall of Famers Jenkins and Rollie Fingers, along with three other members of the 1982-83 Cubs: catcher Jody Davis, first baseman Bill Buckner and pitcher Lee Smith. The five former players were signing for charity, with proceeds going to the Special Olympics and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). It was particularly important to Fergie to have JDRF has one of the Foundation’s recipient charities from the weekend signings due to the fact that Santo, his former teammate and close friend, had diabetes and became one of the leading advocates for education and awareness about the disease throughout his adult life. Fergie and the other celebrities embraced the opportunity to relive old stories with Cubs fans and everyone was able to contribute to Fergie’s charity mission of supporting JDRF on behalf of his close friend, Ron Santo.
The five “Black Aces” at Twins Fest were (from left) Dwight Gooden, Jim “Mudcat” Grant, J.R. Richard, Dave Stewart and Fergie Jenkins.
Minnesota to sign for charity were Fergie Jenkins, Dwight Gooden, Dave Stewart, J.R. Richard and Grant. The presence of five of baseball’s greatest black pitchers drew long lineups of fans, eager to meet some of the individuals that not only reflected the game’s pitching history, but also its Black heritage. Fans thoroughly enjoyed Grant’s friendly demeanor and happiness to recall stories from his amazing 1965 season when he took the Twins to the seventh game of the World Series. Gooden was also a great attraction, a former National League Rookie of the Year and Cy Young Award winner. As one of the largest fan festivals in all of Major League Baseball, the event is always a favourite on the charity calendar. Fergie would particularly like to thank his fellow Black Aces who helped make the autograph signings so memorable and assisted his fundraising efforts for JDRF.
Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry leaves his mark on a custom Texas Rangers horse saddle at the team’s annual FanFest.
Having won two consecutive American League titles, the Rangers FanFest has become a highly anticipated winter event. With a lineup stacked with All-Stars and a talented young pitching staff, the Rangers will once again take a run at the American League pennant, with a World Series title clearly within reach.
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The Foundation is pleased to announce that it raised more than $2,000 through its annual holiday auctions. Two fundraisers were coordinated; one by the Foundation’s accountants, DJB & Co., and another online event that was supervised by Mike Treadgold and Ryan Nava via www.fergiejenkins.ca. We appreciate your generosity during the holiday season.
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Holiday fundraising brings Fergie back to Chicago area
More than a few baseball fans probably found an autographed piece of Fergie Jenkins memorabilia underneath the tree this past Christmas. In what has quickly become an annual holiday season tradition, Fergie and the Foundation traveled to Lombard, IL, from Dec. 19-22 to do a charity autograph signing at the Yorktown Center Mall, just outside Chicago. signings were directed towards the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) as the news of Ron Santo’s Hall of Fame election was still fresh in the minds of Cubs faithful. welcomed another guest during its charity signings as they were assisted by Valerie Stokes, the reigning Miss Illinois Teen.
Sports ‘N More has become a commonplace for celebrity autograph signings. Fergie wasn’t Dressed in full the only Chicago sports pageant garb, complete celebrity on hand during with her sash and crown, the week as former Bears Valerie sold raffle tickets Popular memorabilia store, Sports defensive end, Richard for the Foundation and ‘N More, hosted the Foundation’s Dent, was even took the time to autograph signing, also signing take pictures with her with Cubs fans autographs. On our final day of signings, Valerie own group of fans. and/or their family Dent was traded in her pageant dress for Cubs members turning The charity signing gear, sporting the colours of her recently out in droves as at the Yorktown Center favourite team. inducted they finished their Mall was a great success, into the NFL holiday shopping. allowing the Foundation to make a Hall of Fame in Canton, nice donation to JDRF for the holiday The four days Ohio, as part of the season. of signing brought 2011 class of legends. nonstop traffic Fergie and the Foundation would The presence of two of to the store with like to thank Mike, his family, and the Chicago’s finest athletes many people entire staff at Sports ‘N More for being was a pleasant surprise calling their Fergie for holiday shoppers and so accommodating and welcoming Jenkins autograph Following our signing in Lombard, a lucky fan sports fans alike. during our four days spent in Lombard. found a a Fergie Jenkins autographed stocking “the perfect gift.” We look forward to coming back again underneath his Christmas tree. The Foundation also Proceeds from the next holiday season.
Fergie biographer, Turcotte, wins prestigious award
On Feb. 24, Grimsby author, Dorothy Turcotte, was recognized for her accomplishments in writing with the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award. The award, presented at Queen’s Park in Toronto, acknowledged the work of 15 Ontarians for their volunteer contributions to preserve local heritage. Famer. The book not only provides details about Fergie’s career as a pitcher, but also goes in-depth about some of the personal tragedies he dealt with following his career, including coping with the losses of his wife, killed in a car accident, and a murdered daughter.
Did you know...
The Game is Easy, Life Turcotte, an expert on the is Hard is one of the more history of the Niagara region, Dorothy Turcotte, author of Fergie comprehensive insights is also the author of The Game Jenkins, the Game is Easy, Life is Hard into the life of Fergie and is Easy, Life is Hard – the he and the entire staff at Story of Ferguson Jenkins Jr., a biography the Foundation would like to congratulate published in 2003 on Canada’s only Hall of Dorothy on such a great accomplishment.
In Fergie’s first All-Star game appearance in 1967, he struck out a record six batters in three innings. Three of those punchouts went on to become Hall of Famers: Mickey Mantle, Rod Carew and Harmon Killebrew. Fergie Jenkins had arrived.
From the Archives
A LOOK BACK AT WHAT SOME OF NORTH AMERICA’S GREATEST SPORTS WRITERS HAD TO SAY ABOUT FERGIE JENKINS
Back from Nicaragua, Fergie Jenkins Aims at Majors
PUBLISHED IN THE WINDSOR STAR FEBRUARY 12, 1964 CHATHAM - An even taller appearing Fergie Jenkins has returned from winter baseball in Nicaragua, more confident of his ability and with his sights aimed on making his parent club the Philadaelphia Phillies of the National Baseball League. Not that his last summer engagement to Chatham’s Kathy Williams didn’t spur his ambition to make the league. It probably did, but he has returned home a little different Fergie Jenkins than the city knows. He’s still the same 6 ft. 5 in. baseball player, is still in his same good condition, or possibly even better than before, and he is already down to his 198-pound playing weight he wants.
Fergie finished up with a four wins, six loss record, the losses resulting during a mid-season trouble including a finger blister. His work wasn’t overlooked and was selected for the all-star team in the Caribbean inter-league playoffs. The Lions, or Leons in Spanish, placed second in the regular winter league season in the “AAA” calibre league, with a record of 16 wins and 14 losses and two games behind the pennant-winning Orientals.
Fergie, the 21-year-old Chatham native who skyrocketed [through the minor leagues], explains it as education, experience and confidence.
With Nicaragua in the playoffs in inter-league competition, the Chatham hurler worked 41/3 innings and didn’t give up an earned run, striking out seven. His opposition included National and American League players, including Jose Pagan of San Francisco; Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh; Deacon Jones, Chicago White Sox; Jose Santiago, Kansas City, and Jerry McNertney of the White Sox. The winter season followed an impressive 12 win and five loss record with Miami in the Florida State League and late season work with Little Rock. Come mid-March, it will be back to the world of competitive baseball for Fergie, who will report to Dade City, Florida, the training camp centre for Little Rock, a new entry this year in the Pacific Coast League. He said that he is looking forward to staying with Little Rock the whole year and hoping to win 10 or more games. Once a player has played against the top major leaguers and gone back for more experience, he is more suited to go up, Fergie explained. There’s a fine line between “AAA” and the majors, he said. Fergie’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson Jenkins, Adelaide St., have yet to see their son play pro baseball. Mrs. Jenkins and a niece, Miss Barbara Gibson, also of Chatham, hope to fly to Little Rock this summer. 18
Fergie, the 21-year-old Chatham native who skyrocketed from the Chatham seniors to Miami, an “A” club of the Phillies, and later to Buffalo, a “AAA” club, two years ago, explains it as education, experience and confidence. His travel this winter with the Minnesota Twins organization under special agreement with the Phillies with Managua Lions in the Nicaraguan Baseball League took him many places around Central America.
2012 COLUMBUS CLIPPERS FANTASY CAMP
Presented by the Fergie Jenkins Foundation
We proudly announce the 26th Annual Columbus Clippers Adult Baseball Fantasy Camp!
CLIPPERS FANTASY CAMP
August 10-12, 2012 Huntington Park Age: 28 years and older All talent levels welcome!
On Sunday, August 12, you will play in front of your family and friends with our former Major League greats as your coaches. Learn from and be coached by former Major League players including Fergie Jenkins, Mike Hargrove, Len Barker, George Foster, Al Oliver and our Clippers staff- Mike Sarbaugh, Phil Clark and Ruben Niebla. The players will be signing autographs on Saturday, August 11 from 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM. Autographs are free, and items to be signed will be available for purchase. Contact “our agent” Talis Sports Marketing at 614-443-3786 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW SPECIAL PRICE --- $1,200
From the Bullpen - Foundation experiences through the eyes of its dedicated interns
Becoming an intern at the Fergie Jenkins Foundation is the best decision I have made since my enrollment at Brock University three years ago. The Foundation has allowed me to experience many things such as working at spring training in Arizona and the opening of the new museum. These are things I take great pride in being a part of. From these experiences, I have learned a lot that will help me grow as a sport management student and also as a person through the connections I make with all the people involved with the Foundation.
– Noah Anderson, Sport Management Intern
Coming up in our next issue of
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View from the Hill:
Recapping June Golf 2012, St. Catharines Ron Santo’s induction to Cooperstown Fergie Jenkins Museum update All-Star Fest 2012, Kansas City
How to Make a Donation to the Fergie Jenkins Foundation
As a non-profit organization, the Fergie Jenkins Foundation relies on the generosity of its sponsors, donors and supporters to conduct its day-to-day activities. There are a number of ways that you can assist the Foundation’s charitable efforts. • • • • • • Tax-refundable cash or cheque donation In-kind donation, which will also promote your business Hole sponsorship at one of our three annual charity golf tournaments Sponsorship of our quarterly newsletter Decal sponsorship to have your company logo featured on one of our three event vans If you have your own creative idea how you’d like to donate to Fergie’s charitable efforts, please contact the office at your earliest convenience.
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