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.”

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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.

Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame, 1986

Statues

Oklahoma City

Bricktown Ballpark

2 South Mickey Mantle Drive

Oklahoma City, OK 

73104

Cincinnati

Great American Ballpark

100 Joe Nuxhall Way

Cincinnati, OH

45202

Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, 1984

Johnny Bench Scholarship Fund

Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation Logo

Mission

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.

History

  • 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.

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Johnny Bench Award

Mission

"Presented to the collegiate cacher whose talent, toughness and integrity most closely resembles the legend after whom the award is named."


The Award


The Johnny Bench Award, proudly sponsored by BaseballSavings.com, is presented to the nation's most outstanding collegiate catcher, Johnny Bench, arguably the greatest catcher of all time, agreed to be the namesake for the annual award, which has accurately predicted some of MLB's next biggest stars.


The Johnny Bench Award is presently annually to the nation's top collegiate catcher as voted on by Division I coaches. A watch list is compiled from nominations received from the universities and released in March.


A selection committee will then narrow the list down to the semifinalists. Statistical information on each semifinalist is then compiled and sent to the national selection committee by the end of May. A vote by the national selection committee narrows the list to three finalists.


Another vote during the College World Series will determine who will be named the Johnny Bench National Collegiate Catcher of the Year. The three finalists will be brought to Wichita, KS for the awards banquet on June 29th, 2017.

Johnny Bench Award Website (Coming Soon...)