Induction Sponsored by
Dr. Jim Cheatham
Johnny Bench made his first major league appearance with the Cincinnati Reds on August 28, 1967. He was a 14-time All-Star in 17 years with the Reds, during which the team won two World Series, four pennants and six division titles. Bench caught in 1,739 games and caught 100 or more games for 13 consecutive seasons in Cincinnati. He appeared in 2,158 games, with 7,658 at bats, 2,048 hits, 389 home runs and 1,376 runs batted in. He posted a career batting average of .267. He was named 1968 National League Rookie of the Year, 1970 and 1972 Most Valuable Player and earned 10 Gold Gloves. He also won the Lou Gehrig Award (1975, the Babe Ruth Award (1976, the Hutch Award (1981) and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame In 1989.