Johnny Bench was raised in Binger, Oklahoma. An oustanding baseball player, he survived a bus accident in high school that killed one of his teammates. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds and in 1967 was named National League "Rookie of the Year." A two-time National League MVP,…more
In 1973, Johnny hit 18 home runs on the road while only 7 at home. This set the MLB record for biggest home/road differential for a player the season after winning the league HR crown. As of 2007, the record still stands.
Johnny won the 1975 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award.
Johnny won the NL Most Valuable Player Award in 1970 and 1972.
Johnny was the 1968 NL Rookie of the Year.
Johnny played his last Major League game on September 29, 1983.
Bench played his first Major League game on August 28, 1967.
Johnny led his Cincinnati Reds team to the World Series in 1970, 1972, 1975 and 1976.
Johnny led the National League in sacrifice flies in 1970 with 11, 1972 with 12 and 1973 with 10.
Johnny led the National League in extra base hits in 1970 with 84 and 1974 with 73.
Bench led the National League in RBI's three times. In 1970 he had 148, 1972 he had 125 and 1974 he had 129.
Johnny led the National League in home runs in 1970 with 45 and 1972 with 40.
Johnny played baseball for the Cincinnati Reds.
Bench: I want to win, but there's the grind. There's so much responsibility for a catcher...My arm feels good. My legs will be all right. How long will I go on? How long can I go on? How long for I want to go on playing baseball? Is this what it's like to be thirty?
Bemch: Jimmy Connors plays two tennis matches and winds up with $850,000, and Muhammad Ali fights one bout and winds up with five million bucks. Me, I play one-hundred and ninety games, and I'm overpaid!
Bench: A catcher and his body are like the outlaw and his horse. He's got to ride that nag till it drops.
Bench: I can throw out any man alive.