KU Baseball to Host Floyd Temple Alumni Game Saturday

Oct. 25, 2012

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas baseball will honor the late Floyd Temple, who coached at KU for 28 seasons, with an Alumni vs. Varsity exhibition game at Hoglund Ballpark on Saturday at 4:15 p.m., as part of Homecoming/K-Club weekend.

The Jayhawks will pay tribute to their all-time winningest coach with a ceremony, which will begin at approximately 4 p.m., prior to the game. Guest speakers for the ceremony include former players Forrest Hoglund, Gary Padgett and John Trombold as well as Temple’s son, Biff. All events are open to the public and free to attend.

“We are all looking forward to our Alumni Game on Saturday,” KU head coach Ritch Price said. “It will be great to see all of our former players and enjoy the Homecoming activities. We will honor the great Floyd Temple prior to the game. It will be a special day!”

Temple, who passed away earlier this year, served as the Kansas baseball skipper for 28 seasons, leading KU to a program record 438 wins and a mark of .500 or better in conference play in 14 of those years. He led the Jayhawks to their first conference tournament, qualifying for the Big Eight Championship in 1976 and coached future major leaguers in Bob Allison, Chuck Dobson and Steve Renko.

Following his career as a coach, Temple served as an Assistant Athletic Director at KU from 1981-92 and was also an assistant football coach during his tenure. His uniform, No. 13, is the only retired jersey number to adorn the wall at Hoglund Ballpark.

Several Jayhawk alums are expected to participate in the exhibition against the varsity, which will be the first of what Price hopes will become a tradition at KU.

For more information on the events, please contact Marcia Bagby in the Baseball Office at 785-864-7907 or mlbagbyku.edu.

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