Madison, WI – June 12, 2008. The Madison Mallards are excited to announce former Chicago Cub pitcher Fergie Jenkins (pictured below) will headline the third-annual Mallards & MLB Alumni Game, to take place at the “Duck Pond” on Saturday, August 23, at 6:05 p.m.
A three-time All-Star and winner of the 1971 Cy Young Award, Jenkins played for the Cubs from 1966 to 1973, and again from 1982-1983. He also pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers, and Boston Red Sox during his successful 18-year big league career, compiling a 284-226 record, 3.34 ERA, and 3,192 strikeouts in that span.
His streak of six straight seasons with 20 or more wins (1967-1972) is the longest streak in the major leagues since Warren Spahn performed the feat between 1956 and 1961.
Participants from the first two Alumni Game’s included Jim Gantner (’06), Dave Kingman (’06), Bill “Spaceman” Lee (’06, ’07), Vida Blue (’06, ’07), Steve Trout (’06, ’07), Jay Johnstone (’06, ’07), and Minnie Minoso (’07).
Hall of Fame slugger Harmon Killebrew headlined the event in 2006 while former Milwaukee Brewer great Rollie Fingers did the same last year.
(Pictured above, from left to right, Rollie Fingers, Minnie Minoso, Jay Johnstone)
This year’s participants will be announced as we receive confirmation.
There will be a chance to meet and greet all players before the game. Gates will open at 3:05 p.m.
Great seats are still available for all games including the Alumni Game, and can be purchased online at Mallardsbaseball.com or by calling 608.246.4277. Tonight the Mallards look to sweep the Waterloo Bucks at the “Duck Pond” at 7:05 p.m. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m.