#22: Johnny Bench – The Man Who Changed The Catcher Position!

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#22: Johnny Bench

There are some names that are permanently linked with a position in baseball, and when it comes to catchers, there’s few names bigger than Johnny Bench.

A lifetime Cincinnati Red, Bench rang up an impressive baseball resume over his 17-year career.  Starting with his Rookie Of the Year Award, add 14 All-Star Awards, 10 Gold Glove Awards, 2x League MVP, a World Series MVP, Major League Player of the Year, and 2x World Series Champion. 

At the plate, Bench totaled up 389 Home Runs, 2,048 hits, and a lifetime batting average of .267.  Bench also won such awards as the Lou Gehrig Award (1975), the Babe Ruth Award (1976), and the Hutch Award (1981).


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