According to the book “This Day in Baseball,” from David Nemec and Scott Flatow, the 1957 Redlegs (as we were called at the time) apparently were developing a new baserunning strategy under manager Birdie Tebbetts.

On April 20, in a game against the Braves, Reds’ baserunner Johnny Temple purposely let teammate Gus Bell’s grounder hit him to stop a routine double play. Baseball rules would call for Temple to be called out, and Bell would be awarded first base.

Apparently, when a Redlegs play the very next day achieves the same result, a new rule is imposed where umpires may award the defense a double play if the umpire rules the runner intentionally interfered with a batted ball.

Now, that’s HAVOC!!

3 Responses

  1. pinson343

    Johhny Temple was my first ever favorite player.
    He was Pete Rose’s idol.

  2. Steve Price

    Temple was a second baseman, as was Rose when he arrived in Cincinnati…as the stories go, Rose was so brash in his aim to replace Don Blasingame at 2b, that many of the players wanted nothing to do with him. Vada Pinson and Frank Robinson were his first friends on the Reds.

    I used to live next door to a guy who lived in Cincinnati during Rose’s rookie year. One day this gentleman was at a bar when the patrons were discussing the 1963 Reds and the topic became who would be playing second base in ’63.

    The Reds were coming off a 1962 season where they won 98 games, following the 1961 World Series team. Blasingame had hit a Norris Hopperish .281 in 1962 (18 extra base hits), which came on the heels of two seasons batting .222. Also around were veteran Eddie Kasko and another Reds’ youngster Cookie Rojas, who had a cup of coffee in 1962 with the Reds.

    As the bar discussion continued, a young man then spoke up, announcing that Pete Rose would be the Reds’ second baseman in 1963. The young man, of course, was Pete Rose, who had never played above A Ball at that time.

    Well…in the offseason, the Reds traded Rojas to the Phillies for pitcher Jim Owens (who the Reds lost a year later in the Rule 5 draft to the Astros), and with Blasingame hitting an interstate level .161, sold him to the Washington Senators.

    So, I suppose Pete Rose was a prophet, too.