Chicago Cubs: The Heroes of Wrigley Series presents Ferguson Jenkins

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Chicago Cubs: Fergie nears the finish line

By 1973, after seven seasons with the Cubs, Jenkins suffered through an injury-riddled year that resulted in down production. He found himself in the midst of rumors that he was past his prime at just 30 years old, contemplating if he even felt like playing baseball any longer.

The Cubs traded Jenkins to the Texas Rangers following the season. He rebounded nicely, registering a career-high 25 wins en route to being award the Comeback Player of the Year. After two seasons with the Rangers, Jenkins was traded once again, this time to the Boston Red Sox.

During his two seasons in Boston, he provided a decent ERA but hovered just above the .500 mark. In 1978, he was traded back to the Rangers and, at the age of 35, won 18 games.

His second stint with Texas lasted four seasons before becoming a free agent. He would sign and accept a bullpen role in order to return to Chicago and finish his career with the Cubs. After two more years, he retired in 1983 after 19 Major League seasons.