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Johnny Bench
Cincinnati Reds
Hall of Fame Inductee - 1989
BBWAA N.L. Rookie of the Year - 1968
The Sporting News Rookie of the Year - 1968
The Sporting News Player of the Year - 1970
National League MVP 1970, 1972
Golden Glove Winner 1968-1977 (10 years)
All-Star Selection 1969-1980
The Sid Mercer Memorial Award - 1970
The Lou Gehrig Memorial Award - 1975
World Series Babe Ruth Award - 1976
The Fred Hutchinson Memorial Award - 1981


 

Full Name: Johnny Lee Bench
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6-1 Weight: 208 lbs.
Born: Dec 07, 1947 in Oklahoma City, OK
Major League Debut: Aug 28, 1967

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CAREER STATISTICS - BATTING TOTALS

BATTING
YR
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
TM
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
LG
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
POS
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
1B
3B
3B
G
26
154
148
158
149
147
152
160
142
135
142
120
130
114
52
119
110
AB
86
564
532
605
562
538
557
621
530
465
494
393
464
360
178
399
310
R
7
67
83
97
80
87
83
108
83
62
67
52
73
52
14
44
32
H
14
155
156
177
134
145
141
174
150
109
136
102
128
90
55
103
79
2B
3
40
23
35
19
22
17
38
39
24
34
17
19
12
8
16
15
3B
1
2
1
4
2
2
3
2
1
1
2
1
0
0
0
0
2
HR
1
15
26
45
27
40
25
33
28
16
31
23
22
24
8
13
12
RBI
6
82
90
148
61
125
104
129
110
74
109
73
80
68
25
38
54
TB
22
244
259
355
238
291
239
315
275
183
267
190
213
174
87
158
134
BB
5
31
49
54
49
100
83
80
65
81
58
50
67
41
17
37
24
IBB
0
8
7
9
7
23
14
15
12
6
8
10
8
2
3
2
1
Totals G
2158
AB
7658
R
1091
H
2048
2B
381
3B
24
HR
389
RBI
1376
TB
3644
BB
891
IBB
135


BATTING BASERUNNING PERCENTAGES
YR
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
TM
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
LG
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
K
19
96
86
102
83
84
83
90
108
95
95
83
73
64
21
58
38
HBP
0
2
4
0
0
2
0
3
2
2
1
1
0
2
0
0
0
SH
1
2
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
3
0
1
1
0
SF
1
8
7
11
2
12
10
4
8
4
7
6
4
4
0
2
0
GDP
4
14
7
12
20
18
22
13
12
9
10
9
11
9
4
14
13
SB
0
1
6
5
2
6
4
5
11
13
2
4
4
4
0
1
0
CS
1
5
6
2
1
6
1
4
0
2
4
2
2
2
2
2
1
SB%
.000
.167
.500
.714
.667
.500
.800
.556
1.000
.867
.333
.667
.667
.667
.000
.333
.000
AVG
.163
.275
.293
.293
.238
.270
.253
.280
.283
.234
.275
.260
.276
.250
.309
.258
.255
OBP
.207
.311
.353
.345
.299
.379
.345
.363
.359
.348
.348
.340
.364
.327
.369
.320
.308
SLG
.256
.433
.487
.587
.423
.541
.429
.507
.519
.394
.540
.483
.459
.483
.489
.396
.432
AB/HR
86.0
37.6
20.5
13.4
20.8
13.5
22.3
18.8
18.9
29.1
15.9
17.1
21.1
15.0
22.3
30.7
25.8
AB/K
4.5
5.9
6.2
5.9
6.8
6.4
6.7
6.9
4.9
4.9
5.2
4.7
6.4
5.6
8.5
6.9
8.2
Totals K
1278
HBP
19
SH
11
SF
90
GDP
201
SB
68
CS
43
SB%
.613
BAVG
.267
OBP
.342
SLG
.476
AB/HR
19.7
AB/K
6.0


CAREER FIELDING STATISTICS
YEAR TEAM LG POS G Ch PO A E DP FPCT
1967
1968
1969
1970
1970
1970
1970
1971
1971
1971
1971
1972
1972
1972
1972
1973
1973
1973
1973
1974
1974
1974
1975
1975
1975
1976
1976
1976
1977
1977
1977
1977
1978
1978
1978
1979
1979
1980
1981
1981
1982
1982
1982
1983
1983
1983
1983
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
C
C
C
3B
1B
OF
C
3B
OF
1B
C
3B
1B
OF
C
3B
1B
OF
C
1B
3B
C
1B
OF
C
1B
OF
C
3B
1B
OF
C
OF
1B
C
1B
C
C
C
1B
C
1B
3B
OF
C
1B
3B
26
154
147
1
12
24
139
3
12
12
141
4
7
17
129
1
4
23
134
5
36
137
9
19
121
1
5
128
1
4
8
135
2
11
107
2
126
105
7
38
1
8
107
1
5
32
42
192
1053
876
1
79
27
840
8
13
36
755
10
25
32
797
2
29
37
758
15
80
831
46
34
626
0
6
713
2
24
9
781
0
82
660
14
697
549
47
363
1
57
228
0
20
266
90
175
942
793
1
74
24
755
2
12
34
687
2
24
30
735
0
29
35
693
15
22
757
45
33
568
0
4
651
0
21
9
705
0
75
605
13
619
505
41
334
1
53
54
0
17
249
26
16
102
76
0
4
1
73
6
1
1
59
7
0
0
56
2
0
0
61
0
55
68
0
1
51
0
0
60
1
2
0
66
0
5
48
1
68
39
5
23
0
4
155
0
2
14
58
1
9
7
0
1
2
12
0
0
1
9
1
1
2
6
0
0
2
4
0
3
6
1
0
7
0
2
2
1
1
0
10
0
2
7
0
10
5
1
6
0
0
19
0
1
3
6
0
10
10
0
7
0
12
0
0
7
9
0
1
0
9
0
3
0
7
0
2
16
2
0
9
0
0
11
0
3
0
10
0
7
6
1
11
7
0
35
0
7
10
0
0
21
5
0.995
0.991
0.992
1.000
0.987
0.926
0.986
1.000
1.000
0.972
0.988
0.900
0.960
0.938
0.992
1.000
1.000
0.946
0.995
1.000
0.963
0.993
0.978
1.000
0.989
-.---
0.667
0.997
0.500
0.958
1.000
0.987
-.---
0.976
0.989
1.000
0.986
0.991
0.979
0.983
1.000
1.000
0.917
-.---
0.950
0.989
0.933
Totals G
2193
Ch
11811
PO
10469
A
1191
E
151
DP
238
FPCT
0.987


ALL-STAR STATISTICS - BATTING TOTALS

BATTING PERCENTAGES
YR
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1983
TM
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
LG
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
G
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
0
0
1
1
AB
0
3
3
4
2
3
3
4
2
2
0
0
1
1
R
0
2
0
1
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
H
0
2
0
2
1
1
2
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
2B
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3B
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
HR
0
1
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
RBI
0
2
0
2
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
TB
0
5
0
5
1
4
2
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
BB
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
K
0
0
3
0
0
0
1
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
SB
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
BAVG
-.---
.667
.000
.500
.500
.333
.667
.250
.500
.000
-.---
-.---
.000
.000
SLG
-.---
1.667
.000
1.250
.500
1.333
.667
.250
.500
.000
-.---
-.---
.000
.000
AB/HR
--.-
3.0
--.-
4.0
--.-
3.0
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
AB/K
--.-
--.-
1.0
--.-
--.-
--.-
3.0
--.-
2.0
2.0
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
Totals G
12
AB
28
R
5
H
10
2B
0
3B
0
HR
3
RBI
6
TB
19
BB
2
K
6
SB
0
AVG
.357
SLG
.679
AB/HR
9.3
AB/K
4.7


LCS STATISTICS - BATTING TOTALS

BATTING PERCENTAGES
YR
1970
1972
1973
1975
1976
1979
TM
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
LG
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
G
3
5
5
3
3
3
AB
9
18
19
13
12
12
R
2
3
1
1
3
1
H
2
6
5
1
4
3
2B
0
1
2
0
1
0
3B
0
1
0
0
0
1
HR
1
1
1
0
1
1
RBI
1
2
1
0
1
1
TB
5
12
10
1
8
8
BB
3
1
2
1
1
2
K
1
3
2
6
2
2
SB
0
2
0
1
1
0
BAVG
.222
.333
.263
.077
.333
.250
SLG
.556
.667
.526
.077
.667
.667
AB/HR
9.0
18.0
19.0
--.-
12.0
12.0
AB/K
9.0
6.0
9.5
2.2
6.0
6.0
Totals G
22
AB
83
R
11
H
21
2B
4
3B
2
HR
5
RBI
6
TB
44
BB
10
K
16
SB
4
AVG
.253
SLG
.530
AB/HR
16.6
AB/K
5.2


WORLD SERIES STATISTICS - BATTING TOTALS

BATTING PERCENTAGES
YR
1970
1972
1975
1976
TM
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
LG
NL
NL
NL
NL
G
5
7
7
4
AB
19
23
29
15
R
3
4
5
4
H
4
6
6
8
2B
0
1
2
1
3B
0
0
0
1
HR
1
1
1
2
RBI
3
1
4
6
TB
7
10
11
17
BB
1
5
2
0
K
2
5
4
1
SB
0
2
0
0
BAVG
.211
.261
.207
.533
SLG
.368
.435
.379
1.133
AB/HR
19.0
23.0
29.0
7.5
AB/K
9.5
4.6
7.3
15.0
Totals G
23
AB
86
R
16
H
24
2B
4
3B
1
HR
5
RBI
14
TB
45
BB
8
K
12
SB
2
AVG
.279
SLG
.523
AB/HR
17.2
AB/K
7.2


LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES FIELDING
YEAR TEAM POS G Ch PO A E DP FPCT
1970
1972
1973
1975
1976
1979
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
C
C
C
C
C
C
3
5
5
3
3
3
22
33
34
22
15
19
20
29
31
18
11
17
2
3
3
4
4
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
1
0
1.000
0.970
1.000
1.000
1.000
1.000
Totals G
22
Ch
145
PO
126
A
18
E
1
DP
3
FPCT
0.993

WORLD SERIES FIELDING
YEAR TEAM POS G Ch PO A E DP FPCT
1970
1972
1975
1976
Cin
Cin
Cin
Cin
C
C
C
C
5
7
7
4
39
49
49
20
36
41
44
18
3
7
5
2
0
1
0
0
1
2
3
0
1.000
0.980
1.000
1.000
Totals G
23
Ch
157
PO
139
A
17
E
1
DP
6
FPCT
0.994


TEAM ABBREVIATION KEY
YEARS
1967-1983
TM
Cin
LG
NL
TEAM NAME
Cincinnati Reds
LEAGUE NAME
National League

Cincinnati's Number 5 is the bench-mark against which other catchers are compared. He controlled the game on both sides of the plate with his batting (.267 with 389 home runs and a record 327 as a catcher), throwing out opposing base runners, calling pitches and blocking home plate.

Bench was named to the NL All-Star team fourteen times, played in every game from 1968 to 1975, and hit .409 with 3 home runs. He set a major league record for home runs by a catcher (327 plus 62 playing elsewhere), won two home run crowns, led the league in RBI's three times, and was chosen MVP twice.

While Bench is remembered most for his offense, he may have had his greatest impact behind the bat. He was the first receiver to use a protective helmet in the field, popularized catching one handed, kept his throwing hand behind his back to protect it from foul tips, and said his father "taught me to throw 254 feet -- twice the distance to second base -- from a crouch."

Not known for keeping his counsel, Bench once said flatly, "I can throw out any runner alive," and brashly predicted that he would be the first catcher to be named Rookie of the Year. He did just that in 1968, caught 154 games, a rookie record, and won the first of ten straight Gold Gloves. Bench hit 45 homers and was chosen MVP for the first time in 1970.


Ted Williams has signed many autographs but none as prescient as one penned in spring training in 1965: "To Johnny Bench, a sure Hall of Famer."

Bench was named to the NL All-Star team fourteen times, played in every game from 1968 to 1975, and hit .409 with 3 home runs. He set a major league record for home runs by a catcher (327 plus 62 playing elsewhere), later broken by Carlton Fisk; won two home run crowns; led the league in RBI three times; and was chosen MVP twice.

While Bench is remembered most for his offense, he may have had his greatest impact behind the bat. He was the first receiver to use a protective helmet in the field, popularized catching onehanded, kept his throwing hand behind his back to protect it from foul tips, and said his father "taught me to throw 254 feet-twice the distance to second base-from a crouch." Not known for keeping his counsel, Bench once said flatly, "I can throw out any runner alive," and brashly predicted that he would be the first catcher to be named Rookie of the Year. He did just that in 1968, caught 154 games, a rookie record, and won the first of ten straight Gold Gloves. Bench hit 45 homers and was chosen MVP for the first time in 1970, the year Bob Hunter, a Los Angeles sportswriter, first called Cincinnati "the Big Red Machine."

That year, the Reds ran into Brooks Robinson and, the second time Bench was named MVP, in 1972, the Big Red Machine was derailed by the Oakland A's Mustache Gang. When the Reds and Yanks squared off in 1976, the press played up the confrontation between Bench and the Yankees' catcher and captain, Thurman Munson.

Bench caught Mickey Rivers stealing in Game One, New York's only attempted theft in the Series, got two hits in each of the first three games, and hit two home runs in Game Four to lead the Reds to their first World Series sweep. Munson hit .529 with 2 RBI; Bench hit .533 and knocked in 6 runs. Munson gave Bench his due, "The man deserves all the credit in the world."

Bench made Williams' prediction come true in 1989, the first year he was eligible. He is currently a broadcaster with CBS radio nationally and WLWT in Cincinnati.