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Johnny Bench

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench

Profession: MLB Catcher

United States of America

Biography: Played in the MLB for 16 years with the Cincinnati Reds. A 14-time All-Star selection and a two-time National League Most Valuable Player, he was a key member of The Big Red Machine, which won six division titles, four National League pennants, and two World Series championships. He is widely considered to be the best catcher in MLB history.

Born: December 7, 1947
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Age: 74 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Married Life

  • 1975-02-21 Cincinnati Reds catcher Johnny Bench (27) weds Vickie Chesser in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1987-12-19 Retired baseball catcher Johnny Bench (40) weds Laura Cwikowski
  • 1995-11-17 Retired MLB player Johnny Bench (47) divorces Laura Cwikowski after nearly 8 years of marriage
  • 1997-02-01 Retired MLB player Johnny Bench (49) weds stockbroker Elizabeth Benton

Historical Events

  • 1970-07-26 Cincinnati Reds Johnny Bench hits 3 consecutive HRs off Philadelphia Phillies Steve Carlton
  • 1970-11-18 Johnny Bench wins NL MVP
  • 1973-05-09 For 2nd time, Johnny Bench hits 3 HRs in a game
  • 1976-10-21 Baseball World Series: defending champions Cincinnati Reds sweep NY Yankees; beat Bombers, 7-2 in Game 4 at Yankee Stadium; MVP: Reds catcher Johnny Bench
  • 1978-07-26 Johnny Bench hits his 300th career home run
  • 1980-07-15 Johnny Bench hits his 314th HR as a catcher which breaks Yogi Berra's record
  • 1984-08-11 Cincinnati Reds retire Johnny Bench's #5 uniform
  • 1989-01-09 Johnny Bench & Carl Yastrzemski elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1990-08-08 Carlton Fisk ties Johnny Bench hitting 327 HRs as a catcher

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