Vintage film on Fergie Jenkins review

The National Film Board of Canada produced a documentary on Cubs Hall of Fame pitcher Ferguson Jenkins in 1974. Fergie was a rare Major Leaguer at the time, he was Canadian. This 60-minute film is a fascinating look at the baseball life of Fergie during the 1972 and 1973 seasons as a Cub. The film quality and content is not anything I’ve seen before.  This film is so engaging, I became aware I didn’t want to blink for the fear I might miss something.

The film begins during spring training and carries through a virtual season (made up of footage shot in both ’72 and ’73). You see drills and running in the Arizona spring, then game footage of Fergie, along with plenty of Randy Hundley, Ron Santo, Don Kessinger, Burt Hooten, Billy Williams, Ernie Banks (by then a coach), Leo Durocher, and Jack Brickhouse at the mic. Some of the game footage was shot at a sparse and fairly dirty looking Wrigley Field, as well as old Jerry Park in Montreal and the new Astrodome (with the $2-million scoreboard that looks less technologically advanced than a furniture store sign of today).  It was amazing to see such candid video of classic Cubs players as well as, for example, Al Oliver of the Pirates knocking in Manny Sanguillen and Roberto Clemente at Wrigley.

Mutton chops and plaid suits aside, this is one of the most fascinating glimpses of those early 70’s Cubs teams as I’ve ever seen.  The quality is incredible, unlike some of the grainy, distant shots used in the otherwise great story of Ron Santo’s This Old Cub. Treat yourself and watch it for free on the Canadian NFB website.

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    August 22, 2009  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: oldschool, players, review, tradition, Wrigley Field

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    1. Baseballbriefs.com - August 22, 2009

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    3. administrator - August 24, 2009

      I misspelled Hooton – d’oh! I know better than that… oh well. (Still a great film.)

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