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  Johnny Bench - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
John Lee Bench (born December 7, 1947 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma), is a former baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967 to 1983, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest catchers in Major League Baseball history.
However, by 1978, the years behind the plate began taking their toll on Bench's knees, a common ailment for catchers, and for the last three years of his career, he played mostly third base or first base with the occasional start in the outfield while catching only 13 games.
Bench was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York in 1989, appearing on 96% of the ballots — the third-highest ever.
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 JOHNNY BENCH   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Johnny Bench had a remarkable baseball career that can be measured by the opening line on his hall-of-fame plaque, "Johnny Bench redefined standards by which catchers are measured during his seventeen seasons with 'Big Red machine'." Bench, born on December 7, 1947, in Oklahoma City, grew up in Binger, Oklahoma.
Bench made the NL All-Star team fourteen times, led the league in runs batted in three times, and received the Most Valuable Player award twice.
Johnny Bench and William Brashler, Catch You Later: The Autobiography of Johnny Bench (New York: Harper and Row, 1979).
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 Johnny Bench former baseball player
Johnny Bench was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on December 7, 1947 and grew up in the small town of Binger, Oklahoma.
Johnny's childhood dream was to become a major league baseball player and his father counseled that the position of catcher was the most direct route to that goal.
Johnny is a symbol of winning through hard work and teamwork as outlined in his presentation featuring "The Vowels of Success" which highlights easy to remember motivational tips.
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 ESPN Classic - Baseball's greatest catcher   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Johnny Bench was a vital cog as the Cincinnati Reds won six division titles, four pennants and two World Series in the 1970s.
Born on Dec. 7, 1947 in Oklahoma City, Bench grew up in the small town of Binger, Okla. Encouraging his son's dream of becoming a major leaguer, his father advised him that the quickest route to the end was as a catcher.
Bench continued to supply a good deal of the power for the Reds through the early 1970s, topping 100 RBI in every season from 1972 to 1975.
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 Johnny Bench | The BASEBALL Page
Bench and the National League were 12-2 in the All-Star game, failing to win only in 1971 and 1983.
Johnny Lee Bench was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on the 6th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, in 1947, and grew up in Binger, Oklahoma.
Bench’s father Ted was a good athlete who played baseball in the service, and like his future Hall of Fame son, he was a catcher.
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 Johnny Bench
Bench had a great ability to handle pitchers and throw out would be base stealers.
Two years later Johnny Bench hit 45 home runs and knocked in 148 runs and was voted Most Valuable Player.
Bench is a member of "the Hall of Fame".
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 HR 2002 Speakers - Johnny Bench   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in January 1989, Bench is undoubtedly the greatest catcher ever as stated by the Sporting News in late 1998, in which Johnny was named the 16th greatest player of all time.
Johnny has also spent quite some time in entertainment, logging thousands of hours in personal appearance on television networks such as ESPN, and Fox Sports in addition to participating in events such as touring with Bob Hope's Christmas Shows, and visiting troops in the Far East during Desert Storm.
Johnny's corporate involvement is evident in long term spokesman relationships, both present and past with the Cincinnati based Fifth Third Bank and national retailer, S and K Menswear.
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 Johnny Bench - Sports Celebrity Entertainment
Considered by many the greatest catcher in history because of his combination of defensive skill, offensive power, and durability, Bench was one of the leaders of Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine" that won six Eastern Division titles, four NL pennants, and two world championships during the 1970s.
The 6-foot-1, 208-pound Bench joined the Reds late in the 1967 season and became a in 1968, when he set records for a catcher by playing in 154 games and hitting 40 doubles.
Bench's offensive numbers weren't nearly as spectacular in those seasons, but he was still clearly the best catcher in the league.
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 Encyclopedia of Baseball Catchers - HOF Johnny Bench
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.
Bench hit 45 homers and was chosen MVP for the first time in 1970.
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.
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 Johnny Bench | BaseballLibrary.com
Bench batted either fourth or fifth for the Big Red Machine team that dominated the National League in the 1970s and won six division titles, four pennants, and two World Series.
Bench suffered his worst year as a regular in 1976 when he hit.234 with 16 homers, and some thought he was finished at the age of 29.
Bench was named on 96.4 percent of the ballots, the 3rd-highest figure in history behind Ty Cobb and Hank Aaron.
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 Speakers Platform Speakers Bureau: Johnny Bench, Speaker On: Athletics / Sports, Motivation, Team Building
Johnny Bench was born in Oklahoma City, OK on December 7, 1947 and grew up in the small town of Binger, OK. His childhood dream was to become a major league baseball player and his father counseled that the position of catcher was the most direct route to that goal.
Johnny’s national broadcasting background includes nine years with CBS Radio broadcasting the National Game of the Week, the All-Star Game, the League Championship Series and the World Series, as well as play-by-play commentary on Reds’ television.
Johnny’s corporate involvement is evident in long term spokesman relationships, both past and present with the Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bank and S&K Menswear, a national retailer.
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 Johnny Bench --  Encyclopædia Britannica
Bench was a master at blocking home plate from base runners, and he popularized the now-standard style of catching...
Paneled benches were used by the Romans, and they were the most common form of seating in medieval halls at a time when a chair was a rare luxury.
Benches were not only used as seats but were normally wide enough to be used for sleeping on or eating from; as the Frankish ecclesiastic and...
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 Iba Awards - Johnny Bench - 1996 Master of Ceremonies   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Johnny Bench has racked up impressive MVP standings in three different arenas: Baseball, media, and worthy causes.
Johnny grew up in the small town of Binger, Oklahoma with aspirations of becoming a major league baseball player.
Bench was voted an All-Star 14 times, and won ten Golden Gloves as the best fielding catcher.
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 Johnny Bench: The First $100,000 Catcher?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Johnny Lee Bench, who turned 22 on December 7 last, says he isn't sure when he began to nurture the big goal his father never realized, but he can positively pinpoint the occasion when he first expressed his ambition publicly.
Johnny made the All-Star team as a starter and had a day in Washington--as the National League beat the Americans again--that was surpassed in individual glory only by Willie McCovey.
Bench was frank enough to discuss this urge with this reporter who had known him from his first day in a big league camp.
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 Player Profile: Johnny Bench
He won his first MVP award two years later at age 22, and was widely recognized as one of the greatest catchers ever even while he was still playing.
Johnny Bench is still a popular figure in Cincinnati.
According to the Baseball Hall of Fame web site, Johnny Bench was the first to wear a protective helmet while catching.
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 Red Reporter :: Johnny Bench
Bench probably threw out more baserunners than Berra, but the running game was only coming back to baseball life midway through Yogi's life as a regular backstop; it was well enough re-established and active by the time Bench had made his bones.
Bench handled a couple of pitchers who did better with him as their catcher than with others, but not as many as Berra handled.
Saying Johnny Bench is second only to Yogi Berra is not exactly insulting to Johnny Bench, particularly when the margin is as slim between these two men as you could imagine between any two other players at any other position, and particularly since these two leave their fellows well enough behind.
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 johnny bench personal appearances, baseball, representation, Johnny Bench
Johnny Bench was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on December 7, 1947.
The third of four children of Ted and Katy Bench, he was All-State in basketball and baseball at Binger High School and the Valedictorian of his graduating class.
Johnny spent nine years with CBS Radio broadcasting the National Game of the Week, the All-Star Game, the League Championship Series and the World Series.
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 Johnny Bench speaks for International Speakers Bureau   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Bench's childhood dream was to become a major league baseball player and his father counseled that the position of catcher was the most direct route to that goal.
Johnny has also spent quite some time in entertainment also, logging thousands of hours in personal appearances on television networks such as ESPN, and Fox Sports in addition to participation in such events as touring with Bob Hope's Christmas Shows and also visiting troops in the Far East during Desert Storm.
Johnny is a symbol of winning through hard work and teamwork as outlined in his keynote presentation featuring "The Vowels of Success" which highlights easy to remember motivational tips.
www.internationalspeakers.com /speakers/ISBB-553D4G?print=yes   (593 words)

  
 Johnny Bench Award - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Johnny Bench Award was created in 2000 to honor college baseball's top catcher.
It is dedicated to the former Cincinnati catcher Johnny Bench, who by some is considered to be the best defensive catcher in baseball history.
A panel of selected sportscasters, sportswriters, Division I Head Coaches and professional scouts participate in the final vote, usually at the annual College World Series, to determine the winner.
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 Johnny Bench
Bench was a two-time MVP and key component of the Big Red Machine.
That said, Bench never led the league in either on-base average or slugging percentage, and he never created the most runs in any single season.
While he controlled the game as a catcher, throwing out runners, calling pitches and blocking the plate as well as anyone the game has ever seen, he is probably overrated as a hitter.
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 Johnny Bench Photos
As one of the leaders of the "Big Red Machine" during the 1970s, Bench was an outstanding, durable, defensive catcher who won 10 consecutive Gold Gloves for his efforts on the field.
Johnny was equally impressive with a bat, carrying a career.267 lifetime batting average with 389 homeruns and 1,376 RBI's.
A complete player, Bench earned two MVP awards during his career and was named to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989.
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 Johnny Bench Baseball Stats by Baseball Almanac
Johnny Bench was born on Sunday, December 7, 1947, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Bench was 19 years old when he broke into the big leagues on August 28, 1967, with the Cincinnati Reds.
His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Johnny Bench baseball stats page.
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 Johnny Bench   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Johnny Bench is a successful author, television broadcaster, entertainer, community leader, and professional speaker.
He was elected to the Baseball hall of Fame and for almost a decade has broadcast baseball for CBS Sports.
Bench has also used his celebrity status to aid such worthy causes as the American Cancer Society, the Kidney Foundation, and the American Heart Association.
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 St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture: Johnny Bench
Known as the popular catcher for the Cincinnati Reds during the 1970s, Johnny Bench set a standard of success as perhaps the finest at his position in modern Major League baseball.
Bench first gained national attention by winning the National League MVP (Most Valuable Player) award in 1970 and 1972, recording ten straight Gold Gloves, and helping Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine" to World Series victories in 1975 and 1976.
Bench revolutionized his position by popularizing a one-handed catching method that gave him greater mobility with his throwing arm.
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 Johnny Bench Appointed to Fifth Third Bank (Florida) Board of Directors
Plus, I'm confident that I am the only bank president who can boast that she caddied for a Hall of Famer!" Johnny Bench offers, "I am honored to be named to the Board of Directors of the company whose best-in-class banking and investment products and services I've been pitching for 31 years.
Bench also traveled to the Far East and Desert Storm in support of the troops to be a part of the Bob Hope Christmas Shows.
Bench is an accomplished public speaker, as he presents his Vowels of Success, highlighting easy to remember motivational tips.
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