Johnny Lee Bench (born December 7, 1947) is a former American Major League Baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967 to 1983. He is widely regarded as being among the greatest catchers in baseball history. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.
Bench, a 14-time All-Star selection and the National League's Most Valuable Player in the 1970 and 1972 seasons, was a key member of the "The Big Red Machine", the powerful Reds teams of the 1970's which won six division titles and World Series championships in 1975 and 1976.
1970 World Series
1972 World Series
1975 World Series
1976 World Series
All-Star (14): 1968-80, 1983
MVP 1970, 1972
Rookie of the Year 1968
Gold Glove (10): 1968-1977
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In 1970 Johnny Bench led the league with 45 homers and 148 RBI to win his first MVP award. He lead the Cincinnati Reds to the pennant. Two years later he again hit 40 long balls and plated 125 runners. In 1974 he won his third RBI crown. Named to 14 All-Star teams, he won ten straight Gold Gloves.
In his 13th consecutive season, Johnny Bench set a
ML record by catching 100 or more games.
Johnny Bench was elected to the
National Baseball Hall of Fame in January 1989.
Bench Quote: "A catcher and his body are like the
outlaw and his horse. He's got to ride that nag till it drops."
Bench Quote: "I can throw out any man alive."