Fergie Jenkins. Breaking the Colour Barrier event. June 10, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Cowan Blackburn News Chatham-Kent)

Baseball Hall of Famer Reconnects With Chatham Roots (GALLERY)

Baseball hall of famer and Chatham native Ferguson “Fergie” Jenkins, Jr. is reconnecting with his home roots.

The baseball legend made an appearance at the W.I.S.H Centre’s “Breaking the Colour Barrier” event Saturday to pay tribute to the Chatham Coloured All-Stars, the first championship-winning black baseball team.

Jenkins says it’s important to remember the strong impact the team had for athletes of colour.

“I think at one time the city of Chatham supported so many of their players of colour… the nice thing about it is that people are honoring what these young men did back in the 30s,” explains Jenkins.

Fergie Jenkins is the first and only Canadian baseball hall of famer. During his career he pitched for several professional baseball teams, including the Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, and the Chicago Cubs.

The history of the Chatham Coloured All-Stars will now be documented in a digitized scrapbook online, which was launched at the event.