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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George Thomas “Tom” Seaver (born November 17, 1944), nicknamed “Tom Terrific” and “The Franchise”, is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher. He pitched from 1967 to 1986 for four different teams, but is noted primarily for his time with the New York Mets. During a 20-year career, Seaver compiled 311 wins, 3,640 strikeouts, 61 shutouts and a 2.86 earned run average. In 1992, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the highest percentage of votes ever recorded at the time (98.84%; subsequently surpassed in 2016 by Ken Griffey Jr. with 99.32%), and is one of two players (with Mike Piazza) wearing a New York Mets hat on his plaque at Cooperstown. As of 2016, Seaver, Mike Piazza and Gil Hodges (who played for the expansion Mets in 1962-63) are the only Mets players to have their jersey numbers retired by the team.
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Joe Leonard Morgan (born September 19, 1943) is a former Major League Baseball second baseman who played for the Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, and Oakland Athletics from 1963 to 1984. He won two World Series championships with the Reds in 1975 and 1976 and was also named the National League Most Valuable Player in those years. Considered one of the greatest second basemen of all-time, Morgan was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990. He became a baseball broadcaster for ESPN after his retirement, and now hosts a weekly nationally syndicated radio show for Sports USA. He is currently a special adviser to the Reds.
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