Johnny Bench is a former professional baseball catcher who played in the Major Leagues for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967 to 1983 and is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Bench, a 14-time All-Star selection and a two-time National League Most Valuable Player, was a key member of The Big Red Machine, which won six division titles, four National League pennants, and two World Series championships. ESPN has called him the greatest catcher in baseball history.

Johnny Bench is a former professional baseball catcher who played in the Major Leagues for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967 to 1983 and is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Bench, a 14-time All-Star selection and a two-time National League Most Valuable Player, was a key member of The Big Red Machine, which won six division titles, four National League pennants, and two World Series championships. ESPN has called him the greatest catcher in baseball history.

Johnny Bench, Cincinnati Reds.  Best.  Catcher.  Ever.  And not too shabby with a bat either!

Johnny Bench, Cincinnati Reds. Best. Catcher. Ever. And not too shabby with a bat either!

From left to right -the history makers - Tony Perez, Johnny Bench, Sparky Anderson, Joe Morgan, and Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds "Big Red Machine"

From left to right -the history makers - Tony Perez, Johnny Bench, Sparky Anderson, Joe Morgan, and Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds "Big Red Machine"

“Hitting slumps are like sleeping in a soft bed. Easy to get into and hard to get out of. -Johnny Bench”

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“Hitting slumps are like sleeping in a soft bed. Easy to get into and hard to get out of. -Johnny Bench”

Johnny Bench- my favorite player.  Was fortunate to be able to watch the Big Red Machine growing up

Johnny Bench- my favorite player. Was fortunate to be able to watch the Big Red Machine growing up

Johnny Bench- Legendary Baseball Catcher and Baseball Hall of Fame Member

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Johnny Bench- Legendary Baseball Catcher and Baseball Hall of Fame Member

Painting of Reds legend Johnny Bench 20 x 30 in. by Walter Spitzmiller for the 1985 World Series program

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Cincinnati Reds catcher Johnny Bench, holding a letter from a fan who asked him if it was really true that he could hold seven baseballs in just one hand :)

Cincinnati Reds catcher Johnny Bench, holding a letter from a fan who asked him if it was really true that he could hold seven baseballs in just one hand :)

Johnny Bench. Buffalo Bisons. The reason why most of my uniform numbers were #5!  My idol!

Johnny Bench. Buffalo Bisons. The reason why most of my uniform numbers were #5! My idol!

Pete Rose, Joe Morgan and Johnny Bench, Cincinnati Reds, the "Big Red Machine", c. 1973

Pete Rose, Joe Morgan and Johnny Bench, Cincinnati Reds, the "Big Red Machine", c. 1973

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