Saturday, September 10, 2011

On this Day... Fergie wins #1 of 284

September 10th, 1965: In his major league debut Phillies rookie pitcher Ferguson Arthur Jenkins takes over for Jim Bunning with two outs in the top of the eighth and throws 4.1 innings of relief helping the Phils beat the Cards 5-4 in 12 innings at Connie Mack Stadium. Jenkins only strike out came on the first Cardinal batter he faced (Dick Groat) and earned his first big league victory. He would go on to strike out another 3191 major league batters and win another 283 games before his Hall of Fame career was over.

Unfortunately for Phillies Phans, only one of those wins and 11 of those strike outs would come in a Phils uniform. Because on April 21, 1966, this 23 year prospect was traded along with John Herrnstein and Adolfo Phillips to the Chicago Cubs for veteran pitchers Bob Buhl and Larry Jackson in what is without a doubt the worst trade in franchise history.

Buhl, who was 37 at the time of the trade, went 6-8 with a 4.77 ERA with the Phillies in 1966. He made three relief appearances the following season, allowing four runs over three innings, and retired. Jackson, who was 35 at the time of the trade, would pitch three seasons with the Phillies. His best was in 1966 whn he went 15-13 with a 2.99 ERA. He was 13-15, 3.10 in '67 and 13-17, 2.77 in '68 before retiring.

Fergie did a little better.


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