A stamp celebrating Canada’s ‘one and only’ Hall of Fame baseball player, Fergie Jenkins, were recently released. Upon seeing the stamps, my eyes lit up at the post office and I said, “Fergie!” The girl behind the cash knew at that moment she had a sale. It’s probably most exciting time that I’ve ever had at the post office. Man, am I a sucker for baseball collectibles under ten bucks? This is what they look like:
The stamps celebrate black history month and commemorate Fergie receiving the Order of Canada in 2007 for outstanding merit making a difference in the lives of Canadians.
Fergie has been a great supporter of baseball in Canada and the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. I had the opportunity to meet Fergie at a baseball tournament near my hometown last year. Being the Blue Jays fan that I am, I asked him what he thought about the Jay rotation. He liked Ricky Romero, as I vaguely recall? Anyway, Fergie was at the tournament selling signed bobbleheads, gloves etc.. all supporting his foundation, the Fergie Jenkins Foundation. Obviously, I bought a bobblehead for those who know me. I’m appreciative that Fergie took some time to talk baseball with me, being just some average fan.
Fergie was a hidden Canadian baseball treasure, coming from a very small farm town outside Chatham, Ontario to become a 3-time All-Star and Cy Young award winner. He is very deserving of being invested to the Order of Canada and now a stylish member of Canadian postage history.