It was all a little surreal for Ferguson (Fergie) Jenkins Jr., to see his father recreated in reality in a Major League Baseball video game. MLB Show ’22.
From their vivid facial features to their quick moves, the 1934 Chatham Colored All-Stars, including Fergie Jenkins Sr., have been brought back to life and are ready to play ball.
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) partnered with the Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society and Major League Baseball (MLB) to reinstate the team in the game.
The All-Stars were the first all-Black team to win a championship title in the suburbs, breaking color barriers in the sport.
“People at one time dismissed them as good athletes, but then they proved themselves,” Jenkins Jr., 79, told How It Works Nil Köksal battle. “They are a team to be reckoned with.”
Jenkins Jr. is a professional soccer player in his own right. He was the first Canadian inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991, and recorded the most hits of any black pitcher in MLB history.
But he said the legacy of Fergie Jenkins Sr. and the Chatham Colored All-Stars, after having endured insults and attacks on the field, are now honored after 90 years.
“Those barns, they are boycotted by different groups of people, who are supposed to attack those with rocks and spit and those who don’t want them to drink. They have a kind of so-called curfew time, something like that nature. They want to protest the games because of all the games. The players are players of color,” Jenkins Jr. recalled. “They were able to live through this situation and they were strong enough to understand that they would stay together to win as an organization – as a team.”
“I think it’s proven that they’re going to end up winning. So I’m proud of that.”
Everything you need to play as All-Stars – including your star players, and the original team logo – was created using MLB The ShowIn-game creative tools.
But it’s not as simple as selecting the Toronto Blue Jays or another active MLB team in the default menus.
A page on the OLG website includes instructions on how players can download logos and player profiles to build their own team.
The presentation The games are published by MLB and Sony Interactive Entertainment, and developed by Sony’s San Diego Studio. Neither Sony nor the San Diego Studio were quoted in the OLG-MLB joint press release. How It Works have reached out to both companies for comment.
While Jenkins Jr. He has not yet entered the game with his new characters, he is looking forward to choosing other players to go up against the All-Stars.
“You have the opportunity to pick and choose different players and then make a team out of it,” he said. “But a lot of times, if you don’t go out with the right players, you’re not going to beat them, because they have athletes who can play multiple positions such as catchers, infielders and outfielders.”
Jenkins Sr. is a star team member who plays only one position in the center field. He died in 1996.
“My father will be surprised because [of] “The fact that all the technologies today, these games, are very real,” Jenkins Jr. laugh. “I can’t imagine my father even thought about the things that would happen today with electronics.”
In its press release, OLG describes the tribute to the leading team as way of giving back to Ontario.
“OLG is very proud to be a part of this effort with our MLB partners, to shine a light on historical figures in our community who break barriers and contribute to the progress of our communities,” said President and CRO, Duncan Hannay .
The community center also gave $25,000 to the Chatham Kent Black Historical Society for its support in creating the writings.
“There’s a whole new generation of kids who are actors and they may not have been exposed to history in other ways, but now they’re exposed to a whole new area of play,” social coordinator, Samantha Meredith, said. the Chatham Daily News.
The city of Chatham, Ont., has plans to pay tribute to the historic football team. On Saturday at Fergie Jenkins Field, the cousins and children of the All-Stars will play second Field of Honor Charity baseball game.
“Everybody hails the hometown heroes, which they are,” Jenkins Jr. said.
“They are athletes and fathers and sons who play in Chatham and can show their talent on the baseball field.”