Johnny Bench

Birthdate 12/7/1947
Death Date
Debut Year 1968
Year of Induction 1989
Teams Reds
Position Catcher

On July 15, 2015 Johnny Bench was named one of the four greatest living baseball players along with Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays, & Hank Aaron.

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Johnny Bench agrees to lend his name to the Babe Ruth Foundation Advisory Board in 1977

Johnny Bench agrees to lend his name to the Babe Ruth Foundation Advisory Board in 1977

In 1977 Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson mailed current and former stars of the game requesting their consent to lend their name to the Babe Ruth Advisory Board. Johnny Bench agreed to this, writing, “Brooks, if you think it’s ok, it’s ok.” At the bottom, Bench pens his

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