First Ballot Hall of Famer
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.