Fergie Jenkins on the legacy of late Hank Aaron: 'Remarkable'

"He was a gentleman on and off the field," Jenkins says.
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By 670 The Score

(670 The Score) When Cubs great Ferguson Jenkins was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991, he joined exclusive company that included legendary Braves slugger Henry "Hank" Aaron.

Jenkins cherishes the connection he made with Aaron, who died at age 86, his family and MLB said Friday.

"He was a gentleman off and on the field," Jenkins said told 670 host Zach Zaidman on the Laurence Holmes Show on Friday afternoon.

Aaron ended his 23-year MLB career with what at the time was a record 755 home runs. He was a 25-time All-Star (MLB had two All-Star games from 1959-'62) and was enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.

What Jenkins came to appreciate about Aaron's greatness was that he achieved so much during a time when pitchers were dominant.

"What he did in that era, doing a lot of this during the year of the pitchers -- from the '60s to '70s, the year of the pitcher -- he was able to hit as many home runs as he did," Jenkins said. "Never hit more than 50, always hit in the 40 range, and was consistent.

"What he did was remarkable."