‘A great gentleman’: Cubs’ Jenkins on Aaron

CHICAGO — Fergie Jenkins considered Hank Aaron one of his heroes. He remembers the moments he got to see the iconic slugger on a national broadcast in his youth, fueling Jenkins’ own dreams of someday playing in the big leagues. Jenkins also remembers being a green 22-year-old September callup for

CHICAGO — Fergie Jenkins considered Hank Aaron one of his heroes. He remembers the moments he got to see the iconic slugger on a national broadcast in his youth, fueling Jenkins’ own dreams of someday playing in the big leagues.

Jenkins also remembers being a green 22-year-old September callup for the Phillies in 1965, when the pitcher was tasked with facing Aaron just three games into his career.

“To face a guy that you watched play and you idolized,” Jenkins said, “I was really thrilled.”

On Friday, Jenkins joined the rest of the baseball world in mourning the loss of Aaron, who died at the age of 86. Aaron was a larger-than-life figure who transcended baseball and who was one of the game’s early trailblazers in the years after the sport’s color barrier was broken.

Saddened to say today I lost one of my heroes, Henry Aaron. I was so Happy when I saw a man of color break the home run record. A great man both on and off the field. I send my love to the Aaron family. pic.twitter.com/2yXVjdn4X4

— Fergie Jenkins (@fergieajenkins) January 22, 2021

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