My Life from the Cubs to Cooperstown
By Fergie Jenkins, By Lew Freedman, Foreword by Billy Williams


224 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Cloth, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $27.95)

ISBN 9781600781711

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Mar 2009)


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Jenkins' life story—from Chatham, Ontario, to Cooperstown—is compelling, and Fergie tells it himself in his own unique and inimitable style. A tremendous all-around athlete who has always been proud of his roots and representing his country during a lifetime in the game, Jenkins established a reputation as one of the greatest pitchers of not only his era but of all time. A strikeout king who whiffed more than 3,000 batters, Jenkins earned the trust of his managers as a pitcher who completed what he started. This is the story of a man who refused to be leveled by sadness and disappointments away from the playing field. It is also the story of behind-the-scenes good humor in clubhouses and what takes place on baseball teams as they live and play together for months at a time, as only Fergie can tell it.

Author Biography

Fergie Jenkins is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who was w three-time All Star and the 1971 National League Cy Young Award winner. He was elected into the MLB Hall of Fame in 1991. Lew Freedman is the author of 35 books. A former sportswriter for the Chicago Tribune, Anchorage Daily News, and Philadelphia Inquirer, Freedman has won more than 250 journalism awards. He lives in the Chicago area. Billy Williams is a former Major League Baseball player and teammate of Fergie Jenkins.


The Windsor Star takes a look at Fergie and the heartbreaking history of the Cubs.
The Beacon News covers the Naperville book signing of Fergie.
Fergie is the topic of discussion on Steve Cochran on WGN Radio.
Fergie Jenkins stops by Waddle & Silvy to the MLB and his book Fergie.
The Midweek takes a look at some of the Chicago sports highlights from Triumph Books, including Fergie, Sweet Lou, GBU: White Sox, Settling the Score, and Living the Dream.
Fergie Jenkins speaks to Talk Zone about his career and Fergie.
Fergie Jenkins stops by Boers & Bernstein on 670 The Score to talk Fergie.
The London Free Press takes a close look at Fergie.
The Toronto Star gives a terrific review to Fergie, the autobiography of the only Canadian in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Fergie Jenkins checks in with the Mid-day News on WGN TV to discuss Fergie: My Life from the Cubs to Cooperstown.

Book Signings

Past Events

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Evanston, IL
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Naperville , IL
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Evanston, IL
Fergie Jenkins & Lew Freedman - "Fergie" ›
Skokie, IL
Fergie Jenkins & Lew Freedman - "Fergie" ›
Lombard, IL
Fergie Jenkins & Lew Freedman - "Fergie" ›
Chicago, IL

Press Releases

From his days growing up in Chatham, Ontario, to a brilliant baseball career that lead him to the Hall of Fame in 1991, to enjoying a career as a pitching coach and a baseball executive, Chicago Cubs legend Fergie Jenkins has devoted much of his life to his love of baseball.  Jenkins writes of his treasured time as a Cubs player, his favorite teammates and the incomprehensible personal tragedies that happened to him after retirement in his brand-new autobiography, Fergie: My Life from the Cubs to Cooperstown.

Growing up in Canada, the biggest dilemma Jenkins faced was choosing what sport he should play - baseball, hockey or basketball.  After attending a Detroit Tigers-Cleveland Indians game at the age of 14, he knew that baseball was the sport for him.  By 15, Jenkins was pitching and throwing the heat right by the opposing batters.  Jenkins shares many of these early stories and the most memorable of his major league career, including:

  • The dramatic 1969 Cubs season and the key moments in the late-season collapse
  • His childhood in Chatham and having to choose which sport he wanted to play
  • Six consecutive 20-win seasons and winning the Cy Young Award.
  • The brutal Achilles injury he suffered and the rehabilitation back to pitching again
  • Wrapping up his career to focus on coaching baseball and work with charities nationwide
  • His induction into the Hall of Fame in 1991

This endearing story of perseverance and determination in Fergie: My Life from the Cubs to Cooperstown sheds a new light on both the memorable performances he achieved as a ballplayer and the trials and tribulations Jenkins faced off the field.  As a three-time all-star pitcher and Cy Young Award winner, Jenkins won 284 games from 1965-1983 and struck out more than 3,000 batters.  The Hall of Fame ace certainly holds an incredible individual record of excellence.  

Jenkins, with his notable humble personality, lays it all on the line and shares stories and insights about behind-the-scenes humor in the clubhouses and what goes on between teammates as they played together for months at a time each season.  All Jenkins needed to live out his dream was to pitch a baseball and do it well.  He accomplished his dreams, fought through the hard times and inspires others to do the same in Fergie: My Life from the Cubs to Cooperstown.

About the Author:
Lew Freedman is the author of 35 books. A former sportswriter for the Chicago Tribune, Anchorage Daily News, and Philadelphia Inquirer, Freedman has won more than 250 journalism awards. He and his wife, Debra, live in the Chicago area.


Contact: Bill Ames, Triumph Books, 312.252.1248,