To say Johnny Lee Bench caught for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967 to 1983 is like saying Evel Knievel used to ride a motorcycle in a jumpsuit. Simply put, he took the catcher position to a whole new place. A member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, a 14-time All-Star selection and a two-time National League Most Valuable Player, Johnny was the on-field leader of “The Big Red Machine”. His 389 home runs and 1,376 RBIs were enough to enshrine him in Cooperstown but his work behind the plate is what made him him the greatest catcher in baseball history. Johnny had a monopoly on the National League Gold Glove award from 1968 through 1977. This piece commemorates that accomplishment.
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