Historical Johnny Bench Milestones
After being a top baseball and basketball player in the state of Oklahoma, Bench was selected 36th overall by the Cincinnati Reds in the 1965 MLB Draft. Bench’s career began making history in just his first full season in the majors he was awarded the National League Rookie of the Year and Gold Glove Awards. This was the first time in MLB history that both prestigious awards were given to a rookie player. What Johnny Bench started in the 60’s, he absolutely continued in the 70’s as he dominated the field. Bench truly busted on to the MLB scene in 1970 when he led the league with 45 homeruns and 148 RBIs on his way to becoming the youngest National League MVP winner. Bench didn’t slow down there; leading the league once again in home runs and RBIs and taking home yet another NL MVP trophy in 1972. During his all-star play of the 1970’s, Johnny Bench was at the helm of a famed group of players called “The Big Red Machine”. The Machine was composed of Bench and fellow all-stars, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, and Tony Perez, under the leadership of the great manager, Sparky Anderson. The Big Red Machine of the early to mid-1970’s dominated Major League Baseball, winning four National League pennants and two consecutive World Series championships. Johnny Bench was not only known as the best-hitting catchers of his time, but also one of the best-hitting catchers the game has ever seen alongside ex-Boston star, Carlton Fisk, and New York Mets legend, Mike Piazza. Bench walked away from the game in 1983 after spending 17 illustrious years with the Cincinnati Reds. Johnny Bench ended his baseball career with 14 MLB All-Star Game appearances, 10 Gold Glove Awards, and a World Series MVP Award all on his resume.
At the center of the Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine", Johnny Bench etched his name in baseball history as one of the most memorable players to take the field. Well-known for his unparalleled defense behind the plate that revolutionized the position and amazing offensive production, Bench was rightfully elected as a first ballot Hall of Famer in 1989 and had his No. 5 retired in 1984. The great Cincinnati Reds backstop will forever be known as a true winner of the game and one of baseball’s greatest hitting catchers. Add the greatest man to ever play his position to your collection and check out the complete collection of Johnny Bench memorabilia to take home a piece of MLB history.
Collecting Johnny Bench MemorabiliaJohnny Bench Autographed Photos: Johnny Bench and the Big Red Machine’s success of the 1970’s gave baseball fans a variety of great images and memories. At the helm of the Machine was Bench, the Reds catcher and 14-time MLB All-Star. Celebrate the fantastic career of one of baseball’s best hitting catchers with a Johnny Bench signed photo. Our authentic Johnny Bench autographed photos feature the signature of the 1970 and 1972 NL MVP over high quality images highlighting some of the finest moments in his career. Some of our exclusive signed Johnny Bench photos include the former catcher with fellow Hall of Fame teammates Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, and Tony Perez and Bench getting ready to make a play at the plate in the 1976 World Series.