Hall of Fame

Class of 1989

First Ballot Hall of Famer

Position: Catcher

Team: Cincinnati Reds

Voting Percentage: 96.42%

“I had no idea that the Hall of Fame was waiting for me. I don't think that any youngster ever dreams of that or ever thinks that's possible. You might think of All Star games and World Series but certainly you wouldn't think of the Hall of Fame because that is a place for the fantasies.”

Career Recognition

All Century Team


The greatest collection of baseball players from the first century of the game, 1900's. Bench was named the starting catcher, alongside fellow HOF Catcher Yogi Berra.

Living Legend

Louisville Slugger Living Legend Logo 2011

Created to honor a person whose career in baseball, and life outside the game, have taken on legendary qualities by virtue of his talents, achievements and personal conduct.

Franchise Four


Voted on by the fans, these players best represented their franchise and/or category through MLB history. Johnny was nominated for both Reds and MLB Living Legends.


Johnny Bench Scholarship Fund

Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation Logo


The purpose of the Johnny Bench Scholarship Fund is to provide scholarships to college and university undergraduates who have displayed both academic and athletic credentials during their high school careers, and who are in need of financial help to begin or continue their education at the college or university level.


  • The Johnny Bench Scholarship Fund was established with a donation of $25,000 in 1983 by the Cincinnati Reds as a tribute to Johnny’s illustrious 17-year career with the team.
  • Over 775 recipients have received grants through the 2017-18 school year totaling over $2,420,000, including 67 from Johnny’s home state of Oklahoma;
  • Currently there are 57 students receiving scholarships at 10 colleges and universities including 8 students from Binger, Oklahoma, Johnny’s home town.
  • There have been over 345 students graduate from college with financial assistance from the Johnny Bench Scholarship Fund.

Johnny Bench Award

in association with the Cincinnati Reds

Presented by Krylon

For the past 19 years, the Johnny Bench Award has been presented to college baseball's top NCAA Division I catcher. The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission created the award in 2000 and dedicated it to Hall of Fame and Reds Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench.

In 2019, the award will be expanded and permanently relocated to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Reds Scouting Department will provide input on the baseball categories. The awards committee will determine the winner with support from local media in each state.

The Bench Awards will honor:

  • Top male NCAA baseball catcher
  • Top female NCAA softball catcher
  • Top baseball and softball catchers from Ohio high schools
  • Top baseball and softball catchers from Kentucky high schools
  • Top baseball and softball catchers from Indiana high schools
  • Top baseball and softball catchers from West Virginia high schools

All ten winners will be invited to Cincinnati on Tuesday, June 18 for an awards luncheon at Great American Ball Park, followed by a catching clinic at the P&G MLB Cincinnati Reds Youth Academy and a pregame ceremony prior to the Reds vs. Houston Astros game at 7:10 p.m.