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Johnny Bench

Baseball Player

Johnny Bench Johnny Lee Bench (born December 7, 1947 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) 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. Bench played baseball and basketball and was class valedictorian at Binger High School in Binger, Oklahoma. He is one-eighth Native American (Choctaw). His father told him that the fastest route to becoming a major leaguer was as a catcher. Bench was drafted 36th overall by the Cincinnati Reds in the second round of the 1965 amateur draft, playing for the minor-league Buffalo Bisons in the 1966 and 1967 seasons before being called up to the Reds in August 1967. He hit only .163, but impressed many with his defense and strong throwing arm. Among them: Hall of Famer Ted Williams. Williams signed a baseball for him which predicted that the young catcher would be "A  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Known as
Johnny Lee Bench
Date of birth
1947-12-07
Place of birth
Oklahoma City
Spouse(s)
Vickie Chesser Elizabeth Benton Laura Cwikowski Lauren Baiocchi
Children
Joshua Bench Bobby Bench Justin Bench
Profession
Baseball player

Athlete facts

Sports
Baseball

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