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Jenkins finally gets Canadian honor
2007-05-04 13:48
by Bob Timmermann

Or even an honour.

After waiting 23 years, apparently because he was busy playing baseball in the U.S. back in 1984, Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins received his Order of Canada award from Canadian Governor General Michaelle Jean.

Jenkins had been given the award in 1984, but couldn't make the ceremony that year and apparently it took a while for anyone to remember to call Jenkins back to reschedule.

Jenkins says that even though he spends most of the year living on a golf course in Arizona, this country is a proud part of his identity.

"My mother would turn over in her grave if I gave up my citizenship," Jenkins said.

"I'm totally Canadian. . . . From my education, to my heritage, to growing up here, it's just something I'm very proud of."

I also hear that, as a Canadian, Ferguson Jenkins is standing on guard for thee.

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