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Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 420 of 1043 players
Garry Lewis Templeton
Born: March 24, 1956 at Lockney, Tex.
Throws: Right Bats: Both
Height: 6.00 Weight: 209

Garry Templeton was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on September 13, 2015, and September 14, 2015.

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First Mets game: June 1, 1991
Last Mets game: October 5, 1991

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Ian Hummel
I was working in a 7-11 in Mawah, NJ the summer that Gary played for the Mets. One night Gary pulled up to the store in a red corvette and walked in with a beautiful,long-legged, chestnut haired, doe-eyed woman on his arm. He then proceeded to eat 4 chili/chese dogs, 2 bags of pork rinds and washed it down with a liter of Colt 45. After that he scarffed down two mini pecan pies and a Yohoo. I continued to watch in amazement as GT then threw 2 six-packs of Colts and 2 beef n' bean burritos on the counter. He threw me a $50 bill, grabbed his lady friend and told her they were going to find themselves a nice local bar where he could have "hisself some Crown on the rocks". I'm shocked he did last longer with the Metskis.

June 8, 2001
The San Diego Padres traded Ozzie Smith to get this guy, who was the premier offensive shortstop in the majors at that time. The Padres thought, like Mets fans are thinking, that Smith would never develop into enough of a hitter to be a productive shortstop. Oops...

Mr. Sparkle
January 3, 2002
I hated this guy because he used to play for the Cardinals. Back in those days I absolutely hated anyone who played for the Cards. When he came to the Mets, he did absolutely squat which really didn't make me like him anymore.

Ian Hummels entry about Templeton is the funniest story I've seen on this web page.

January 31, 2002
Ian, your Garry Templeton story has me crying with laughter! By far the funniest entry on the entire web site.

patrick alarie
March 20, 2002
Thank you so much Sir funky Garry T! Thank you for the memories. At one time you said "Time is on my side." Well now time has passed you by. Already 20 years have passed but it seems like just yesterday I was watching you catch that fly ball at the warning track. By the way, I've always wondered, where was the outfielder!? '77-18, '78-13, '79-19 Mr. Triple, flying around the bases sliding for a triple, three time triple threat. Had an average of 6.1 defensive chances (career best) per game, not even Ozzie Smith could cover that much ground! And you can ask Keith Hernandez about the sore hands he still nurses to testify about the cannonball arm the athletic shortstop wildly fired (and misfired) away with. Lord I miss those days.

Andy from Rego Park
March 31, 2002
A spent ballplayer by the time he played for the Mets (see Ian Hummel's note above), with a base hit against the Mets late in the 1979 season, Templeton became the first ever switch-hitter to have 100 hits from each side of the plate. That season, he also uttered the unforgettable line, "If I ain't startin', I ain't departin'" when told that he might be just a back-up on the NL All-Star team.

a mets fan
September 2, 2002
Here is yet another St. Louis Cardinals player dumped on the Mets. Though his apperance as a Met was brief, he hardly did anything and was washed up by the time we got him. I heard something that he now works for the Padres organazation if any one knows about that please respond to me.

December 9, 2002
Ian, while your story about Garry Templeton was hilarious (I'm African American and very sensitive to racism, and while your story was somewhat racist, I laughed nevertheless). However, it clearly is a bogus story. Seven-Eleven stores in New Jersey do NOT sell alcohol!! Therefore, Garry couldn't have bought 40 ounce bottles of malt liquor at your store.

Nice attempt at humor, though. As I said before, it still makes me laugh when I read it.

George Clinton
May 22, 2004
Funky Garry T was the coolest funkyest baseball player to ever play the game. His 1980 Cardinals jersey with the 1's on the sleeves is the number 1 groovyest sport jersey ever. Too bad he asked to be traded otherwise he would be in the Hall of Fame right now.

Brian Carter
August 19, 2006
Was a decent player with the Cardinals, with that awesome jerry curl. He got to the Padres and helped them win the pennant in '84. He then came to the Mets, got rid of his jerry curl, and couldn't hit didily squat.

September 1, 2006
I was at a game in 1983 with the Padres on the field level on the 3rd base side. Around this time the cocaine scandals were going on. A few rows behind me there was a loud heckler who laid into every Padre he could. The Padres third base coach, Plaza was his name, got the worst of it all game long. At one point, Templeton was on second base and advanced to third on a walk to load the bases. As Templeton pulled up to third base the heckler struck: "Hey Garry, free base, get it?" Templeton smiled and pointed his finger at the stands as if to say "good one".

September 1, 2007
This guy was an idiot. He was very unappreciative of the fact that he was a Major League All-Star. His despicable comment of "If I ain't starting, I'm not departing" showed both a disregard for the mid-summer classic and a dislike for the fans, who do the voting. The latter was the main reason for his being run out of St. Louis after using obscenities towards them during a game.

His 1979 feat of becoming the first switch-hitter to get 100 hits from each side of the plate is tainted. In the last month of that season, he kept batting right-handed against right-handed pitchers (switch-hitters always bat LEFTY when facing righties) just so he could say that he did this. Achieving something in an unconventional manner like that cheapens the record book.

Mr. Niss
September 29, 2007
My highlight of Garry Templeton actually happened just last year:

In one of the Mets broadcasts, Keith was talking about the players he played with who had the most talent whose careers were a disappointment. He said Strawberry and Templeton. Gary Cohen says to Keith "well we know what happened to Darryl, what was the story with Templeton?" And Keith says "same thing".

Templeton, if he was watching the game, probably spit his mouthful of Colt all over his TV screen.

September 26, 2013
At the end of his career when he was acquired by the Mets. One lasting image I have of his games here: he liked to wear a soft cap under his batting helmet. Since the helmet was old style (no ear flaps), it kept flipping off whenever he made a hard swing.

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