Johnny Temple


January 11, 2013 by Elizabeth Metz


Second baseman, 1952-1959, 1964. Coach, 1964-1965. Inducted 1965.

Selected as an All-Star in three seasons during his Reds career, Temple served as a successful leadoff hitter for a strong hitting 1950s team.  He regularly ranked among the league leaders in walks, hits, and (therefore) times on base while displaying good instincts on the base paths.  Over his career, he walked more often than he struck out (with a lifetime 1.92 walk-to-strikeout ratio) and maintained a 71% rate of successful base stealing.

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3 thoughts on “Johnny Temple

  1. Joe says:

    The first Reds HOF’er who is still living. Amazing considering some of the more recent guys would be similiar in age to Temple.

  2. No, unfortunately it looks like he died of cancer in 1994. But it is interesting that there have been several players recently (Temple, Post, Bell) who died fairly young and likely still have peers alive, whereas a lot of the really old timey players lived into their 90s and 100s. Looks like the first living HOFer drawn will be Jim O’Toole.

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