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Johnny Bench Johnny Bench
Full name: Johnny Lee Bench
Born: December 7, 1947, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
First Game: August 28, 1967; Final Game: September 29, 1983
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 1" Weight: 197
Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1989
NL MVP (1970 and 1972)
NL Rookie of the Year (1968)
World Series MVP (1976)
TSN Player of the Year (1970)
TSN NL Player of the Year (1970)
TSN NL Rookie Player of the Year (1968)
Minor League Player of the Year (1967)
C on TSN NL All-Star Team (1968 to 1970 and 1972 to 1975)
NL Gold Glove as C (1968 to 1977)
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Batting RecordBatting Record
Year Team                  G    AB    R    H  2B  3B  HR  RBI   BB IBB   SO HBP  SH  SF  XI ROE GDP   SB  CS   AVG   OBP   SLG   BFW Year TeamTeam
1967 CIN N Daily Splits   26    86    7   14   3   1   1    6    5   0   19   0   1   1   0   2   4    0   1  .163  .207  .256  -0.4 1967 CIN N
1968 CIN N Daily Splits  154   564   67  155  40   2  15   82   31   8   96   2   2   8   0  11  14    1   5  .275  .311  .433   2.5 1968 CIN N
1969 CIN N Daily Splits  148   532   83  156  23   1  26   90   49   7   86   4   0   7   0  14   7    6   6  .293  .353  .487   3.2 1969 CIN N
1970 CIN N Daily Splits  158   605   97  177  35   4  45  148   54   9  102   0   1  11   0   8  12    5   2  .293  .345  .587   6.0 1970 CIN N
1971 CIN N Daily Splits  149   562   80  134  19   2  27   61   49   7   83   0   0   2   0  10i 20    2   1  .238  .299  .423   1.8 1971 CIN N
1972 CIN N Daily Splits  147   538   87  145  22   2  40  125  100  23   84   2   0  12   1   7i 18    6   6  .270  .379  .541   6.6 1972 CIN N
1973 CIN N Daily Splits  152   557   83  141  17   3  25  104   83  14   83   0   1  10   0   4i 22    4   1  .253  .345  .429   3.2 1973 CIN N
1974 CIN N Daily Splits  160   621  108  174  38   2  33  129   80  15   90   3   0   4   0  13  13    5   4  .280  .363  .507   5.7 1974 CIN N
1975 CIN N Daily Splits  142   530   83  150  39   1  28  110   65  12  108   2   0   8   1  10  12   11   0  .283  .359  .519   5.4 1975 CIN N
1976 CIN N Daily Splits  135   465   62  109  24   1  16   74   81   6   95   2   0   4   0   8   9   13   2  .234  .348  .394   2.4 1976 CIN N
1977 CIN N Daily Splits  142   494   67  136  34   2  31  109   58   8   95   1   0   7   3  12  10    2   4  .275  .348  .540   3.0 1977 CIN N
1978 CIN N Daily Splits  120   393   52  102  17   1  23   73   50  10   83   1   1   6   0  13   9    4   2  .260  .340  .483   2.7 1978 CIN N
1979 CIN N Daily Splits  130   464   73  128  19   0  22   80   67   8   73   0   3   4   0   9  11    4   2  .276  .364  .459   2.8 1979 CIN N
1980 CIN N Daily Splits  114   360   52   90  12   0  24   68   41   2   64   2   0   4   0   7   9    4   2  .250  .327  .483   0.4 1980 CIN N
1981 CIN N Daily Splits   52   178   14   55   8   0   8   25   17   3   21   0   1   0   0   0   4    0   2  .309  .369  .489   0.5 1981 CIN N
1982 CIN N Daily Splits  119   399   44  103  16   0  13   38   37   2   58   0   1   2   0   9  14    1   2  .258  .320  .396  -2.2 1982 CIN N
1983 CIN N Daily Splits  110   310   32   79  15   2  12   54   24   1   38   0   0   0   0   9  13    0   1  .255  .308  .432  -1.1 1983 CIN N
Total            Splits 2158  7658 1091 2048 381  24 389 1376  891 135 1278  19  11  90   5 146i201   68  43  .267  .342  .476  42.5 Total
Year Team                  G    AB    R    H  2B  3B  HR  RBI   BB IBB   SO HBP  SH  SF  XI ROE GDP   SB  CS   AVG   OBP   SLG   BFW Year TeamTeam
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League Championship Series Batting RecordLeague Championship Series Batting Record
Year Team                  G    AB    R    H  2B  3B  HR  RBI   BB IBB   SO HBP  SH  SF  XI ROE GDP   SB  CS   AVG   OBP   SLG Year Team
1970 CIN N Daily Splits    3     9    2    2   0   0   1    1    3   2    1   0   0   0   0   0   1    0   0  .222  .417  .556 1970 CIN N
1972 CIN N Daily Splits    5    18    3    6   1   1   1    2    1   0    3   0   0   1   0   0   0    2   0  .333  .350  .667 1972 CIN N
1973 CIN N Daily Splits    5    19    1    5   2   0   1    1    2   1    3   0   0   0   0   0   0    0   0  .263  .333  .526 1973 CIN N
1975 CIN N Daily Splits    3    13    1    1   0   0   0    0    1   0    6   0   0   0   0   1   0    1   0  .077  .143  .077 1975 CIN N
1976 CIN N Daily Splits    3    12    3    4   1   0   1    1    1   0    2   0   0   0   0   0   1    1   0  .333  .385  .667 1976 CIN N
1979 CIN N Daily Splits    3    12    1    3   0   1   1    1    2   0    2   0   0   0   0   0   0    0   1  .250  .357  .667 1979 CIN N
Total            Splits   22    83   11   21   4   2   5    6   10   3   17   0   0   1   0   1   2    4   1  .253  .330  .530 Total
Year Team                  G    AB    R    H  2B  3B  HR  RBI   BB IBB   SO HBP  SH  SF  XI ROE GDP   SB  CS   AVG   OBP   SLG Year Team
World Series Batting RecordWorld Series Batting Record
Year Team                  G    AB    R    H  2B  3B  HR  RBI   BB IBB   SO HBP  SH  SF  XI ROE GDP   SB  CS   AVG   OBP   SLG Year Team
1970 CIN N Daily Splits    5    19    3    4   0   0   1    3    1   0    2   0   0   0   0   0   0    0   0  .211  .250  .368 1970 CIN N
1972 CIN N Daily Splits    7    23    4    6   1   0   1    1    5   3    5   0   0   0   0   1   0    2   0  .261  .393  .435 1972 CIN N
1975 CIN N Daily Splits    7    29    5    6   2   0   1    4    2   0    4   0   0   0   0   0   0    0   0  .207  .258  .379 1975 CIN N
1976 CIN N Daily Splits    4    15    4    8   1   1   2    6    0   0    1   0   0   0   0   0   2    0   0  .533  .533 1.133 1976 CIN N
Total            Splits   23    86   16   24   4   1   5   14    8   3   12   0   0   0   0   1   2    2   0  .279  .340  .523 Total
Year Team                  G    AB    R    H  2B  3B  HR  RBI   BB IBB   SO HBP  SH  SF  XI ROE GDP   SB  CS   AVG   OBP   SLG Year Team
All-Star Game Batting RecordAll-Star Game Batting Record
Year Team                  G    AB    R    H  2B  3B  HR  RBI   BB IBB   SO HBP  SH  SF  XI ROE GDP   SB  CS   AVG   OBP   SLG Year Team
1968 NL    Daily           1     0    0    0   0   0   0    0    0   0    0   0   0   0   0   0   0    0   0     -     -     - 1968 NL   
1969 NL    Daily Splits    1     3    2    2   0   0   1    2    1   0    0   0   0   0   0   0   0    0   0  .667  .750 1.667 1969 NL   
1970 NL    Daily Splits    1     3    0    0   0   0   0    0    0   0    3   0   0   0   0   0   0    0   0  .000  .000  .000 1970 NL   
1971 NL    Daily Splits    1     4    1    2   0   0   1    2    0   0    0   0   0   0   0   0   0    0   0  .500  .500 1.250 1971 NL   
1972 NL    Daily Splits    1     2    0    1   0   0   0    0    0   0    0   0   0   0   0   0   1    0   0  .500  .500  .500 1972 NL   
1973 NL    Daily Splits    1     3    1    1   0   0   1    1    0   0    0   0   0   0   0   0   0    0   0  .333  .333 1.333 1973 NL   
1974 NL    Daily Splits    1     3    1    2   0   0   0    0    1   0    1   0   0   0   0   0   0    0   0  .667  .750  .667 1974 NL   
1975 NL    Daily Splits    1     4    0    1   0   0   0    1    0   0    0   0   0   0   0   0   0    0   0  .250  .250  .250 1975 NL   
1976 NL    Daily Splits    1     2    0    1   0   0   0    0    0   0    1   0   0   0   0   0   0    0   0  .500  .500  .500 1976 NL   
1977 NL    Daily Splits    1     2    0    0   0   0   0    0    0   0    1   0   0   0   0   0   0    0   0  .000  .000  .000 1977 NL   
1980 NL    Daily Splits    1     1    0    0   0   0   0    0    0   0    0   0   0   0   0   0   0    0   0  .000  .000  .000 1980 NL   
1983 NL    Daily Splits    1     1    0    0   0   0   0    0    0   0    0   0   0   0   0   0   0    0   0  .000  .000  .000 1983 NL   
Total            Splits   12    28    5   10   0   0   3    6    2   0    6   0   0   0   0   0   1    0   0  .357  .400  .679 Total
Year Team                  G    AB    R    H  2B  3B  HR  RBI   BB IBB   SO HBP  SH  SF  XI ROE GDP   SB  CS   AVG   OBP   SLG Year Team

Fielding RecordFielding Record
Year Team        POS    G   GS   CG   INN      PO    A  ERR   DP  TP   PB   CS   SB  PkO   AVG  LF-G CF-G RF-G
1967 CIN N Daily   C   26   26   22   233     175   16    1    0   0    2    5    5    3  .995
1968 CIN N Daily   C  154  139  137  1301     942  102    9   10   0   18   44   49   12  .991
1969 CIN N Daily   C  147  135  131  1249     793   76    7   10   0   14   40   30    7  .992
1970 CIN N Daily   C  139  130  119  1157.2   755   73   12   12   0    9   30   32    8  .986
1970 CIN N        OF   24   17    8   151      24    1    2    0   0                      .926    15    2    7 
1970 CIN N        LF   15    8    4    78      14    1    1    0   0                      .938
1970 CIN N        1B   12    5    4    54      74    4    1    7   0                      .987
1970 CIN N        RF    7    7    4    58       8    0    1    0   0                      .889
1970 CIN N        CF    2    2    0    15       3    0    0    0   0                     1.000
1970 CIN N        3B    1    0    0     1       1    0    0    0   0                     1.000
1971 CIN N Daily   C  142  133  120  1170.2   687   59    9    9   0    6   27   37    7i .988
1971 CIN N        OF   12   10    2    79      12    1    0    0   0                     1.000    10    0    3 
1971 CIN N        1B   11    1    0    31      34    1    1    7   0                      .972
1971 CIN N        LF   10    8    1    63       9    1    0    0   0                     1.000
1971 CIN N        3B    3    3    0    19       2    6    0    0   0                     1.000
1971 CIN N        RF    3    2    1    16       2    0    0    0   0                     1.000
1972 CIN N Daily   C  129  124  115  1139.2   735   56    6    9   0    2   32   24    8  .992
1972 CIN N        RF   17   17   10   138      30    0    2    0i  0                      .938
1972 CIN N        OF   17   17   10   138      30    0    2    0   0                      .938     0    0   17 
1972 CIN N        1B    8    2    2    28      24    0    1    1   0                      .960
1972 CIN N        3B    4    4    2    33       2    7    1    0   0                      .900
1973 CIN N Daily   C  134  124  111  1115     693   61    4    7   0    8   27   28    4i .995
1973 CIN N        RF   23   22   10   181      33    0    2    0   0                      .943
1973 CIN N        OF   23   22   10   181      35    0    2    0   0                      .946     0    0   23 
1973 CIN N        1B    4    3    2    26      29    0    0    3   0                     1.000
1973 CIN N        3B    1    1    0     7       0    2    0    0   0                     1.000
1974 CIN N Daily   C  137  129  111  1133.1   757   68    6   16   0    3   35   37    2  .993
1974 CIN N        3B   36   30   22   263      22   55    3    2   0                      .962
1974 CIN N        1B    5    0    0    13      15    0    0    0   0                     1.000
1975 CIN N Daily   C  121  115   95  1002.2   568   51    7    9   0    0   27   32    2  .989
1975 CIN N        OF   19   18   12   153      33    1    0    0   0                     1.000    16    0    3 
1975 CIN N        LF   16   15   10   129      28    0    0    0   0                     1.000
1975 CIN N        1B    9    3    2    37.1    45    0    1    2   0                      .978
1975 CIN N        RF    3    3    2    24       5    1    0    0   0                     1.000
1976 CIN N Daily   C  128  120  105  1071     651   60    2   11   0    5   42   57    3  .997
1976 CIN N        LF    5    3    0    28       4    0    2    0   0                      .667
1976 CIN N        OF    5    3    0    28       4    0    2    0   0                      .667     5    0    0 
1976 CIN N        1B    1    0    0     1       0    0    0    0   0                         -
1977 CIN N Daily   C  135  125  102  1065.2   705   66   10   10   0    3   42   64    1  .987
1977 CIN N        OF    8    7    2    52       9    0    0    0   0                     1.000     7    0    1 
1977 CIN N        LF    7    6    2    44       9    0    0    0   0                     1.000
1977 CIN N        1B    4    2    1    21      21    2    1    3   0                      .958
1977 CIN N        3B    1    0    0     5       0    1    1    0   0                      .500
1977 CIN N        RF    1    1    0     8       0    0    0    0   0                         -
1978 CIN N Daily   C  107   96   69   836     605   48    7    6   0   12   35   49    2  .989
1978 CIN N        1B   11    9    2    75      75    5    2    7   0                      .976
1978 CIN N        OF    2    2    1    15.2     0    0    0    0   0                         -     1    0    1 
1978 CIN N        RF    1    1    0     5       0    0    0    0   0                         -
1978 CIN N        LF    1    1    1    10.2     0    0    0    0   0                         -
1979 CIN N Daily   C  126  123  114  1083.1   619   68   10   11   0    5   45   70    2  .986
1979 CIN N        1B    2    2    0    14      13    1    0    1   0                     1.000
1980 CIN N Daily   C  105   98   81   847     505   39    5    7   0    6   34   83    1  .991
1981 CIN N Daily  1B   38   37   27   322     334   23    6   35   0                      .983
1981 CIN N         C    7    7    6    60      41    5    1    0   0    1    4    9    0  .979
1982 CIN N Daily  3B  107  103   69   858.2    54  155   19   10   0                      .917
1982 CIN N        1B    8    5    4    45.2    53    4    0    7   0                     1.000
1982 CIN N         C    1    0    0     1       1    0    0    0   0    0    0    0    0 1.000
1983 CIN N Daily  3B   42   41   18   319.1    26   58    6    5   0                      .933
1983 CIN N        1B   32   29   26   251     249   14    3   21   0                      .989
1983 CIN N         C    5    3    0    23      17    2    1    0   0    0    2    4    0  .950
1983 CIN N        LF    1    0    0     0.2     0    0    0    0   0                         -
1983 CIN N        OF    1    0    0     0.2     0    0    0    0   0                         -     1    0    0 
Total              C 1743 1627 1438 14489    9249  850   97  127   0   94  471  610   62i .990
Total             3B  195  182  111  1506     107  284   30   17   0                      .929
Total             1B  145   98   70   919     966   54   16   94   0                      .985
Total             OF  111   96   45   798.1   147    3    8    0   0                      .949    55    2   55 
Total             LF   55   41   18   353.1    64    2    3    0   0                      .957
Total             RF   55   53   27   430      78    1    5    0i  0                      .940
Total             CF    2    2    0    15       3    0    0    0   0                     1.000
Year Team        POS    G   GS   CG   INN      PO    A  ERR   DP  TP   PB   CS   SB  PkO   AVG  LF-G CF-G RF-G
i - incomplete
League Championship Series Fielding RecordLeague Championship Series Fielding Record
Year Team        POS    G   GS   CG   INN      PO    A  ERR   DP  TP   PB   CS   SB  PkO   AVG
1970 CIN N Daily   C    3    3    3    28      20    3    0    0   0    0    2    0    1 1.000
1972 CIN N Daily   C    5    5    5    44      28    3    1    1   0    1    1    0    0  .969
1973 CIN N Daily   C    5    5    5    46      31    2    0    0   0    0    1    0    0 1.000
1975 CIN N Daily   C    3    3    3    28      18    4    0    0   0    0    0    0    0 1.000
1976 CIN N Daily   C    3    3    3    27      12    4    0    1   0    0    1    0    0 1.000
1979 CIN N Daily   C    3    3    3    29      17    2    0    0   0    0    0    4    0 1.000
Total              C   22   22   22   202     126   18    1    2   0    1    5    4    1  .993
Year Team        POS    G   GS   CG   INN      PO    A  ERR   DP  TP   PB   CS   SB  PkO   AVG
World Series Fielding RecordWorld Series Fielding Record
Year Team        POS    G   GS   CG   INN      PO    A  ERR   DP  TP   PB   CS   SB  PkO   AVG
1970 CIN N Daily   C    5    5    5    43      36    3    0    1   0    0    2    0    0 1.000
1972 CIN N Daily   C    7    7    7    62.1    41    7    1    2   0    0    3    1    2  .980
1975 CIN N Daily   C    7    7    7    65      44    6    0    3   0    0    2    0    0 1.000
1976 CIN N Daily   C    4    4    4    36      18    2    0    0   0    0    1    1    1 1.000
Total              C   23   23   23   206.1   139   18    1    6   0    0    8    2    3  .994
Year Team        POS    G   GS   CG   INN      PO    A  ERR   DP  TP   PB   CS   SB  PkO   AVG
All-Star Game Fielding RecordAll-Star Game Fielding Record
Year Team        POS    G   GS   CG   INN      PO    A  ERR   DP  TP   PB   CS   SB  PkO   AVG
1968 NL    Daily   C    1    0    0     1       2    0    0    0   0    0    0    0    0 1.000
1969 NL    Daily   C    1    1    0     5       4    0    0    0   0    0    0    0    0 1.000
1970 NL    Daily   C    1    1    0     6       5    1    0    0   0    0    1    0    0 1.000
1971 NL    Daily   C    1    1    1     8       5    0    0    0   0    0    0    0    0 1.000
1972 NL    Daily   C    1    1    0     5       3    0    0    0   0    0    0    0    0 1.000
1973 NL    Daily   C    1    1    0     6       3    0    0    0   0    0    0    1    0 1.000
1974 NL    Daily   C    1    1    0     8       7    0    1    0   0    0    0    1    0  .875
1975 NL    Daily   C    1    1    1     9      10    1    0    0   0    1    1    3    1 1.000
1976 NL    Daily   C    1    1    0     4       1    0    0    0   0    0    0    0    0 1.000
1977 NL    Daily   C    1    1    0     3       4    0    0    0   0    0    0    0    0 1.000
1980 NL    Daily   C    1    1    0     3       5    0    0    0   0    0    0    1    0 1.000
Total              C   11   10    2    58      49    2    1    0   0    1    2    6    1  .981
Year Team        POS    G   GS   CG   INN      PO    A  ERR   DP  TP   PB   CS   SB  PkO   AVG

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Selected by Cincinnati Reds in the 2nd round of the free-agent draft (June 8, 1965).


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