Fergie Jenkins Was A 3-time All-Star
I really wanted to insert the word ‘just’ between Was and A…
Incredibly, a player that won 20 or more games 7 times during his career was chosen as an All-star just 3 times.
In today’s game 20 wins puts you into a very rare and elite class. Cy Young awards will be won, All-star selections will be obvious, and Hall of Fame talk will begin.
But back in the 1960′s and 1970′s, this was not the case. While the 20-game winner was still held in high regard, it was not as rare of a feat as it is now 30+ years later. Back then, teams employed a 4-man rotation and if healthy for the entire season, a guy could start 35-40 games a year. All of a sudden winning half of your games was not that big of a deal.
Jenkins made the All-star team in 1967, 1971, and 1972 – all with the Chicago Cubs. Based solely on his season-ending numbers, it can and should be argued that he should have had 3-4 more appearances in the mid-summer classic.