‘Sad’: Baseball Legend Fergie Jenkins Sues Her Own Charity

CHATHAM – Baseball legend Fergie Jenkins is “shocked and saddened” by the resistance to efforts to move her charitable foundation to her hometown of Chatham from St. Catharines.

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CHATHAM – Baseball legend Fergie Jenkins is “shocked and saddened” by the resistance to efforts to move her charitable foundation to her hometown of Chatham from St. Catharines.

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Plans to relocate the headquarters are being thwarted by the foundation’s board members, so it is suing them and the foundation to retrieve the memorabilia held by the Fergie Jenkins Museum, according to a statement from McKenzie Lake Lawyers, which Jenkins has made public.

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“Members of the board of the Fergie Jenkins Foundation are attempting to wind down the foundation’s operations and have refused to return certain pieces of Mr. Jenkins’s memorabilia to him,” the London law firm’s statement said.

The foundation started in 1999. According to its 2013 media package, the foundation had donated more than $4 million to numerous charities.

“The foundation has grown a lot since we started and I love that we have the opportunity to help so many great causes,” Jenkins said when he received the Order of Canada in 2007.

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The foundation reported $97,000 in income and more than $115,000 in expenses on its 2020 tax returns to the Canada Revenue Agency. reported $255,772 in income and $283,720 in expenses in 2019.

The museum opened in 2011 in St. Catharines. It contains items from Jenkins’ career and black history archives, as well as memorabilia from family members, the law firm statement said. The law firm also said Jenkins’ “dream” is to have the foundation headquartered in Chatham.

“Mr. Jenkins and his family are saddened by the erosion of their relationship with the Fergie Jenkins Foundation and look forward to reaching a resolution and continuing the foundation’s mission of ‘serving humanitarian need through the love of sport,'” the law firm said.

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The statement said Jenkins would not comment further because the matter is before the courts.

The Hall of Fame pitcher now lives in Texas. He visited Chatham last month to announce that a full-size replica of Jenkins’ massive bronze sculpture, unveiled outside Chicago’s Wrigley Field in May, is scheduled to arrive next spring at the Chatham-Kent civic center.

Jenkins pitched 10 of his 19 major league seasons with the Chicago Cubs. He retired after the 1983 season going 284-226 with 3,192 strikeouts. The 1971 Cy Young Award winner and seven-time 20-game winner was the first Canadian inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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