Career Achievements

Johnny Bench taking batting practice with the Buffalo Bisons

Minor League Player of the Year, 1967

At the age of 19, Johnny recorded 70 assists as a catcher, and led the Buffalo Bisons with 23 home runs and 68 RBIs during the 1967 season. Johnny would later be called up to make his major league debut on August 28, 1967.


National League Rookie of the Year, 1968

The first catcher to ever earn such honors, Johnny caught 154 games in his first full season and made his defensive dominance known early with a .991 Fielding Percentage next to 102 assists. He would also finish 3rd on the team in HRs behind "Big Bopper" Lee May and fellow Hall of Famer Tony Perez, all of whom drove in 80+ RBIs.

Johnny Bench holding 7 baseballs in one hand.

1970 and 1972 National League MVP

With two seasons leading the league in HRs, RBIS and sacrifice flies, while catching 100+ games, Bench joined catching legend Roy Campanella as the only pair of backstops to win multiple Most Valuable Player awards. During both of these season, the Cincinnati Reds would go on to win the National League Championship.

League Leader RBIs: 1970, 72, 74

Back-to-Back World Series Champion

Johnny Bench and Sparky Anderson celebrate winning the World Series

10x Gold Glove

Credited with pioneering the hinged catchers glove, Johnny Bench revolutionized the catcher position with one handed catching. Later, he would be recognized by Rawlings Gold Glove with a Lifetime Achievement Award and named to the All Time Gold Glove Team.

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Memorial Awards

Lou Gehrig Award, 1975

This award is presented annually to the Major League baseball player who both on and off the field best exemplifies the character of Lou Gehrig

Babe Ruth Award, 1976

Given to the World Series Most Valuable Player Award as decided by the editors of Sport Magazine. Won for slugging 1.133 and driving in 6 while sweeping the Yankees.

The Hutch Award, 1981

Ranked as one of the top annual awards given to an MLB player, is nominated by each MLB team that exemplifies the fighting spirit of the legendary leader Fred Hutchinson.

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