Johnny Bench (1982 – Topps #401)

Johnny Lee Bench was a Catcher for the Cincinnati Reds “The Big Red Machine” from late 1967 through ’83 (18 years). He was the 2nd best catcher of all time (my opinion only).   Only Yogi Berra was better! Johnny was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1968 (he started with the Reds in August, 1967) He also was a 2-time N.L. MVP (1970 and 1972) as well as a 2-time World Series champion in 1975 and ’76. Bench won a N.L. Gold Glove Award 10 consecutive times from 1968 through ’77. Bench was a 14-time N.L. All-Star and his uniform number (#5) was retired by the Cincinnati Reds. Johnny Bench was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1989 and was voted onto the All-Century Team in 1999.

Johnny Bench 1982 Topps #401

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One response to “Johnny Bench (1982 – Topps #401)

  1. Johnny Bench, in my opinion, was the best catcher of all time, but many would argue Yogi Berra was the best! Bench was very quick to throw out a runner stealing a base, and was always trying to pick a runner on 1st base off, and had the arm to throw the ball that was just pitched to him, at once to 1st, attempting to pick off the runner on 1st, as he would often catch the man on 1st unexpectedly not alert enough to think Bench would try to throw to 1st. I saw him throw many players trying to steal 2nd base and even 3rd base and Bench was always on top of everything that was going on during the game. He played for the Cincinnati Reds, and Bench was very popular and was also a decent hitter. He was one of my favorite players in the early and mid 1970’s. Like I said, many would pick Yogi Berra of the Yankees as the best catcher, but I liked Johnny Bench better as he just seemed quicker and more on the ball, but that is only my opinion! Bench was very popular with all the fans on the home team or the away teams.

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