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Johnny Bench


14-period MLB All-Star catcher who helped lead the Cincinnati Reds to World Series Championships in 1975 and 1976. He was called National Little league MVP in 1970 and 1972 and Globe Series MVP in 1976. At Binger SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, he was a two sport celebrity and valedictorian of his course. He was inducted in to the Football Hall of Popularity in 1989 and his #5 shirt was retired from the Cincinnati Reds, whom he performed his entire profession with, from 1967 to 1983. He wedded his third wife, Lauren Baiocchi, in 2004. He once was wedded to Vickie Chesser from 1975 to 1976 and Laura Cwikowski from 1987 to 1995. He offers three sons called Bobby, Justin and Joshua. He performed alongside Pete Rose around the Reds from 1967 to 1978.

Quick Facts

Full Name Johnny Bench
Date Of Birth December 7, 1947
Place Of Birth Oklahoma City, OK
Height 1.85 m
Weight 94 kg
Profession Baseball Player
Nationality American
Spouse Lauren Baiocchi, Laura Cwikowski, Vickie Chesser
Children Bobby Bench, Joshua Bench, Justin Bench
Parents Katy Bench, Ted Bench
Siblings William Bench, Teddy Bench, Marilyn Bench
Awards National League Most Valuable Player Award
Movies Easy Rider: The Ride Back
TV Shows The Baseball Bunch, Games People Play
Star Sign Sagittarius

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1Made major league debut on 28 August 1967.
2Member of 1970 and 1972 National League Champion Cincinnati Reds teams. Member of 1973, 1979 and 1981 National League Western Division Champion Cincinnati Reds team. Member of 1975 and 1976 World Series Champion Cincinnati Reds teams.
3Catcher/Third Baseman/First Baseman/Outfielder with the Cincinnati Reds (1967-1983).
41968 National League Rookie of the Year for hitting 40 Doubles, 82 RBI and 57 Extra-Base Hits.
51970 and 1972 National League MVP.
6Cincinnati Reds Career RBI Leader (1,376).
7Cincinnati Reds Career Home Run Leader (389).
8Spent his entire career with the Cincinnati Reds.
9Also played first base and in the outfield, in addition to catching and playing third base.
10Learned to throw hard as far as 250 feet with great accuracy.
11Beat out Jerry Koosman of the New York Mets for Rookie of the Year honors in 1968 by one vote.
12Has large hands; can hold seven baseballs in them.
13Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot in 1989 with the fourth highest voting percentage ever.
14Is of Choctaw Indian descent.
15Was a broadcaster for the Reds from 1987 to 1990.
16Won the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 1968.
17Won the National League MVP Award in 1970 and 1972 and the World Series MVP Award in 1976.



Easy Rider 2: The Ride Home2012MLB Scout
The Partridge Family1973TV SeriesPool Waiter
Mission: Impossible1971TV SeriesCaptain of the Guards



Field of Dreams: Roundtable with Kevin Costner, Johnny Bench, George Brett, and Bret Saberhagen2004Video documentary short special thanks



Mike & Mike2015TV SeriesHimself - Baseball Hall of Famer
The Cleveland Show2012TV SeriesHimself
Prime 92009-2011TV SeriesHimself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2009TV SeriesHimself
18th Annual American Century Championship2007TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith2006TV SeriesHimself
The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame...2005TV SeriesHimself
This Week in Baseball2005TV SeriesHimself
16th Annual American Century Championship2005TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Catching Up!2004TV SpecialGuest
The Nick & Jessica Variety Hour2004TV MovieHimself
Field of Dreams: Roundtable with Kevin Costner, Johnny Bench, George Brett, and Bret Saberhagen2004Video documentary shortHimself
ESPN SportsCentury2000-2004TV Series documentaryHimself
ESPN 25: Who's #1?2004TV Series documentaryHimself
The Tim McCarver Show2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
100 Years of the World Series2003Video documentaryHimself
Cincinnati: Just Around the Corner2003Documentary shortHimself
Yes, Dear2003TV SeriesHimself
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire2001TV SeriesHimself
1994 MLB All-Star Game1994TV SpecialHimself - Field Reporter
Married with Children1993TV SeriesHimself
1992 American League Championship Series1992TV SeriesHimself - Color Commentator
This Week in Baseball's Greatest Plays1991VideoHimself
Bob Hope's Christmas Cheer from Saudi Arabia1991TV SpecialHimself
Mr. Belvedere1989TV SeriesHimself
The New Hollywood Squares1988TV SeriesGuest Appearance
Greats of the Game1985TV SeriesGuest
1983 MLB All-Star Game1983TV SpecialHimself - NL Third Baseman
Late Night with David Letterman1983TV SeriesHimself
The Baseball Bunch1982TV Series documentaryHimself - Host
Greatest Sports Legends1982TV SeriesHimself
Games People Play1980TV SeriesCo-Host
1980 MLB All-Star Game1980TV SpecialHimself - NL Catcher
1979 National League Championship Series1979TV SeriesHimself - Cincinnati Reds Catcher
The Bad News Bears1979TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America1979TV SeriesHimself
1978 National League Championship Series1978TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Color Commentator
The Mike Douglas Show1971-1978TV SeriesHimself - Pro Baseball Player / Himself - Baseball Player / Himself - Co-Host
The Jim Nabors Show1978TV SeriesHimself
1977 MLB All-Star Game1977TV SpecialHimself - NL Catcher
Super Night at the Super Bowl1977TV MovieHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1972-1976TV SeriesHimself
1976 World Series1976TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Cincinnati Reds Catcher
1976 National League Championship Series1976TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Cincinnati Reds Catcher
1976 MLB All-Star Game1976TV SpecialHimself - NL Catcher
Dinah!1974-1976TV SeriesHimself
1975 World Series1975TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Cincinnati Reds Catcher / Hiself - Cincinnati Reds Catcher
1975 National League Championship Series1975TV SeriesHimself - Cincinnati Reds Catcher
1975 MLB All-Star Game1975TV SpecialHimself - NL Catcher
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Bob Hope1974TV SpecialHimself
1974 MLB All-Star Game1974TV SpecialHimself - NL Catcher
The Science of Hitting by Ted Williams1974ShortHimself
Hee Haw1972-1974TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest / Himself / Himself - Guest
1973 National League Championship Series1973TV SeriesHimself - Cincinnati Reds Catcher
1973 MLB All-Star Game1973TV SpecialHimself - NL Catcher
Cavalcade of Champions1973TV MovieHimself
1972 World Series1972TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Cincinnati Reds Catcher
1972 National League Championship Series1972TV SeriesHimself - Cincinnati Reds Catcher
1972 MLB All-Star Game1972TV SpecialHimself - NL Catcher
1971 MLB All-Star Game1971TV SpecialHimself - NL Catcher
1970 World Series1970TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Cincinnati Reds Catcher
1970 National League Championship Series1970TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Cincinnati Reds Catcher
1970 MLB All-Star Game1970TV SpecialHimself - NL Catcher
1969 MLB All-Star Game1969TV SpecialHimself - NL Catcher

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

Prime 92009-2011TV SeriesHimself
DHL Presents Major League Baseball Hometown Heroes2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith2006TV SeriesHimself
Boston Red Sox: 100 Years of Baseball History2001Video documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The 50 Greatest Home Runs in Baseball History1992Video documentaryHimself
Bob Hope's Overseas Christmas Tours: Around the World with the Troops - 1941-19721980TV Movie documentaryHimself

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1I've seldom seen a horny player walk into a bar and not let out exactly what he did for a living.
2A catcher and his body are like the outlaw and his horse. He's got to ride that nag till it drops.

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