Bench, Johnny

Johnny Lee Bench
Born: December 7, 1947, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Played For: 
Cincinnati Reds (1967-1983)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1989

As one of the most impressive defensive catchers, Johnny Bench was also considered to be an outstanding hitter. A durable catcher, noted for his excellent baseball intelligence, Bench won 10 Gold Glove Awards, two Most Valuable Player Awards and the Rookie of the Year Award during his 17-year National League career. A skilled hitter, the 14-time All-Star selection belted 389 home runs and led the league in RBIs three times as a leader of the Big Red Machine teams of the 1970s.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Johnny Bench was a pioneer of the one-handed style of catching prevalent today, and was the first backstop to wear a protective helmet while behind the plate?
Every time Bench throws, everybody in baseball drools.
Harry Dalton