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Full Name: Johnny Lee Bench Primary Position: C
Height/Weight: 6' 1"/197 First Game: August 28, 1967
Birthdate: December 7, 1947 Final Game: September 29, 1983
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma MLB Experience: 17 years
Bat/Throw: Right/Right
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Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989


Biography

Johnny Bench (Johnny Lee Bench) was born on December 7, 1947 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He made his Major League debut on August 28, 1967 for the Cincinnati Reds. In 1968, his rookie year, he hit .275 with 15 home runs and 82 RBI. Bench played for the Cincinnati Reds for his entire 17 year career.

Most people believe that Johnny Bench's best season was 1970, when he slugged 45 home runs, hit for a .293 average and knocked in 148 runs.

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1967 CIN N 26 86 7 14 1 6 .163 .207 .256 3 1 5 19 0 1 0 0 4
1968 CIN N 154 564 67 155 15 82 .275 .311 .433 40 2 31 96 2 2 1 8 14
1969 CIN N 148 532 83 156 26 90 .293 .353 .487 23 1 49 86 4 0 6 7 7
1970 CIN N 158 605 97 177 45 148 .293 .345 .587 35 4 54 102 0 1 5 9 12
1971 CIN N 149 562 80 134 27 61 .238 .299 .423 19 2 49 83 0 0 2 7 20
1972 CIN N 147 538 87 145 40 125 .270 .379 .541 22 2 100 84 2 0 6 23 18
1973 CIN N 152 557 83 141 25 104 .253 .345 .429 17 3 83 83 0 1 4 14 22
1974 CIN N 160 621 108 174 33 129 .280 .363 .507 38 2 80 90 3 0 5 15 13
1975 CIN N 142 530 83 150 28 110 .283 .359 .519 39 1 65 108 2 0 11 12 12
1976 CIN N 135 465 62 109 16 74 .234 .348 .394 24 1 81 95 2 0 13 6 9
1977 CIN N 142 494 67 136 31 109 .275 .348 .540 34 2 58 95 1 0 2 8 10
1978 CIN N 120 393 52 102 23 73 .260 .340 .483 17 1 50 83 1 1 4 10 9
1979 CIN N 130 464 73 128 22 80 .276 .364 .459 19 0 67 73 0 3 4 8 11
1980 CIN N 114 360 52 90 24 68 .250 .327 .483 12 0 41 64 2 0 4 2 9
1981 CIN N 52 178 14 55 8 25 .309 .369 .489 8 0 17 21 0 1 0 3 4
1982 CIN N 119 399 44 103 13 38 .258 .320 .396 16 0 37 58 0 1 1 2 14
1983 CIN N 110 310 32 79 12 54 .255 .308 .432 15 2 24 38 0 0 0 1 13
Total 2158 7658 1091 2048 389 1376 .267 .342 .476 381 24 891 1278 19 11 68 135 201

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1967 CIN N C 26 26 233 175 16 1 0 0 2 5 5 3 .995
1968 CIN N C 154 139 1301 942 102 9 10 0 18 49 44 12 .991
1969 CIN N C 147 135 1249 793 76 7 10 0 14 30 40 7 .992
1970 CIN N OF 24 17 151 24 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .926
1970 CIN N RF 7 7 58 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .889
1970 CIN N LF 15 8 78 14 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .938
1970 CIN N CF 2 2 15 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1970 CIN N C 139 130 1158 755 73 12 12 0 9 32 30 8 .986
1970 CIN N 1B 12 5 54 74 4 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 .987
1970 CIN N 3B 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1971 CIN N OF 12 10 79 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1971 CIN N RF 3 2 16 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1971 CIN N C 142 133 1169.2 687 59 9 9 0 6 37 26 7 .988
1971 CIN N LF 10 8 63 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1971 CIN N 1B 12 1 33 34 1 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 .972
1971 CIN N 3B 3 3 19 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1972 CIN N OF 17 17 138 30 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .938
1972 CIN N C 129 124 1139.2 735 56 6 9 0 2 24 31 8 .992
1972 CIN N 1B 8 2 28 24 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .960
1972 CIN N RF 17 17 138 30 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .938
1972 CIN N 3B 4 4 33 2 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .900
1973 CIN N C 134 124 1115 693 61 4 7 0 8 28 27 4 .995
1973 CIN N 1B 4 3 26 29 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1973 CIN N RF 23 22 181 33 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .943
1973 CIN N 3B 1 1 7 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1973 CIN N OF 23 22 181 35 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .946
1974 CIN N 3B 36 30 263 22 55 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .962
1974 CIN N 1B 5 0 13 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1974 CIN N C 137 129 1133.1 757 68 6 16 0 3 37 35 2 .993
1975 CIN N OF 19 18 153 33 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1975 CIN N RF 3 3 24 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1975 CIN N LF 16 15 129 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1975 CIN N C 121 115 1002.2 568 51 7 9 0 0 32 27 2 .989
1975 CIN N 1B 9 3 37.1 45 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .978
1976 CIN N OF 5 3 28 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667
1976 CIN N C 128 120 1071 651 60 2 11 0 5 57 42 3 .997
1976 CIN N 1B 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1976 CIN N LF 5 3 28 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667
1977 CIN N OF 8 7 52 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1977 CIN N 3B 1 0 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500
1977 CIN N LF 7 6 44 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1977 CIN N RF 1 1 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1977 CIN N C 135 125 1065.2 705 66 10 10 0 3 64 42 1 .987
1977 CIN N 1B 4 2 21 21 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 .958
1978 CIN N C 107 96 836 605 48 7 6 0 12 49 35 2 .989
1978 CIN N RF 1 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1978 CIN N 1B 11 9 75 75 5 2 7 0 0 0 0 0 .976
1978 CIN N LF 1 1 10.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1978 CIN N OF 2 2 15.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1979 CIN N 1B 2 2 14 13 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1979 CIN N C 126 123 1083.1 619 68 10 11 0 5 70 45 2 .986
1980 CIN N C 105 98 847 505 39 5 7 0 6 83 34 1 .991
1981 CIN N C 7 7 60 41 5 1 0 0 1 9 4 0 .979
1981 CIN N 1B 38 37 322 334 23 6 35 0 0 0 0 0 .983
1982 CIN N C 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1982 CIN N 3B 107 103 858.2 54 155 19 10 0 0 0 0 0 .917
1982 CIN N 1B 8 5 45.2 53 4 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1983 CIN N C 5 3 23 17 2 1 0 0 0 4 2 0 .950
1983 CIN N 3B 42 41 319.1 26 58 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 .933
1983 CIN N LF 1 0 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1983 CIN N 1B 32 29 251 249 14 3 21 0 0 0 0 0 .989
1983 CIN N OF 1 0 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total 1B 146 98 921 966 54 16 94 0 0 0 0 0 .985
Total CF 2 2 15 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total RF 55 53 430 78 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .940
Total 3B 195 182 1506 107 284 30 17 0 0 0 0 0 .929
Total LF 55 41 353.1 64 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .957
Total C 1743 1627 14488.1 9249 850 97 127 0 94 610 469 62 .990
Total OF 111 96 798.1 147 3 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 .949

Transactions

  • Selected by Cincinnati Reds in the 2nd round of the free-agent draft (June 8, 1965).

Trivia

  • MVP: 1970 and 1972
  • All-Star Games: 14 times (1968-1980 and 1983)
  • World Series Champion: 1975 and 1976
  • Gold Glove: 10 times (1968-1977)
  • NL Rookie of the Year in 1968
  • World Series MVP in 1976
  • 389 career home runs; 47th on the all-time list, 2nd most amongst catchers
  • 1376 career RBI; 67th on the all-time list, 2nd most amongst catchers
  • Lead the league in total bases in 1974, 2nd in 1970, and third in 1972
  • Lead the league in home runs in 1970 and 1972, finished 2nd in 1974
  • Lead the league in RBI in 1970, 1972, and 1974, finished 2nd in 1975, and 3rd in 1973
  • Uniform Number 5


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