Road Trip Stop #3: San Marcos, CA
"Jumpsteady" was one of the most promising players in the game when he came up in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. Shortstops who could hit were a rarity in the 1970s, and so when he hit .322 with 200 hits in his first full season in 1977, the whole baseball world stopped to watch. He matured into a clubhouse leader for the San Diego Padres throughout the 1980s, famously stirring the Padres fans before the deciding Game Five of the 1984 NLCS against the Chicago Cubs. Templeton enjoyed a long career in managing in the minor leagues following his playing days, serving as the skipper for clubs in Salt Lake City, Hawaii, Newark, New Jersey, and others.
Career: 1976-1981: St. Louis Cardinals
1982-1991: San Diego Padres
1991: New York Mets
Career Statistics: 2079 Games Played, .271/.304/.369, 70 HR 728 RBI, 27.6 WAR
One Pack. No Turning Back.