Cubs to Retire Number 31

According to a report from Carrie Muskat, the Cubs will retire number 31 on May 3 in honor of Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins and future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux.

The official announcement is expected on Wednesday.
Both pitchers had two different stints with the Cubs. Greg Maddux was in blue pinstripes from 1986-1992 and then again from 2004-2006 before being dealt to the Dodgers at the trade deadline.

Ferguson Jenkins pitched for the Cubs from 1966-1973 and finished his career with the Cubs from 1982-1983. Jenkins was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991.

The pitchers not only shared the same number while with the Cubs but they are the only two pitchers in the history of the game with at least 3000 strikeouts and less than 1000 walks. Jenkins struck out 3192 batters in his 19 seasons with only 997 walks while Maddux sat down 3371 batters and issued only 999 walks.

It will be interesting to see how the Cubs honor two of the best pitchers in the history of the game. As mentioned on the CCO before, a flag for each player with one on the right field foul pole and the other on the left field foul pole would not only balance the retired numbers on the field, but would honor Maddux and Jenkins for each of their careers.

A quick note on how Greg Maddux ended up with Ferguson Jenkins’ numberGreg Maddux did not ask for number 31 when he was called up to the Cubs. Yosh Kawano gave him the number…because it was available.