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Newsletter #208, February 25

Canada Post celebrates Black History Month with 2 new stamps

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Ferguson Arthur "Fergie" Jenkins, CM, (born December 13, 1942) is a Canadian former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. He was a three-time All-Star and the 1971 NL Cy Young Award winner. During a 19-year baseball career, he pitched from 1965–1983 for four different teams, spending the majority of his career pitching for the Chicago Cubs. An outstanding all-around athlete, Jenkins also played basketball as a member of the Harlem Globetrotters.

Jenkins was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987, and in 1991 became the first Canadian ever elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The 1991 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was

dedicated to Jenkins; he threw out the ceremonial first pitch to conclude the pregame ceremonies. He was inducted into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame in 2004. He was appointed the commissioner of the now-defunct Canadian Baseball League in 2003; the league's Jenkins Cup went missing when the league folded and has been missing ever since. Jenkins has been inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.
Fergie Jenkins signs
and sells autographed
black baseballs
On December 17, 1979, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada for being "Canada's best-known major-league baseball player". Governor General Michaëlle Jean officiated at his investiture into the Order, which finally occurred on May 4, 2007: over 27 years after he was appointed. On May 3, 2009, the Cubs retired jersey number 31 in honor of both Jenkins and Greg Maddux.
The dignitaries: Mayor Gregor Robertson, Christine Best, grand-daughter of Carrie Best, a representative of the library, unknown, Ferguson Jenkins.
A cake to celebrate the event from th three sponsors for the evening, Canada Post, City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Public Library.
Carrie Best was born in New Glasgow Nova Scotia on March 4, 1903. Even though the deck was stacked against her as a black woman born just after the turn of the 20th century, Best maintained that from the beginning she felt a sense of dignity and self-worth that was a foreshadowing of the woman she would become. In her 97 years of living she would defy the odds to become a poet, author, journalist and tenacious crusader. Those efforts as a writer and human rights activist have earned her a place in Nova Scotia and Canadian history.

In 1946 she founded The Clarion, the first black-owned and published Nova Scotia newspaper. In 1952 she started a radio show, The Quiet Corner, which was aired for 12 years. From 1968 to 1975 she was a columnist for The Pictou Advocate, a newspaper based in Pictou, Nova Scotia.

In 1977, she published an autobiography, That Lonesome Road.

In 1974, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Officer in 1979. She was posthumously awarded the Order of Nova Scotia in 2002

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