Personal Interests
Over the years, Johnny has maintained a sense of balance by using his celebrity status to aid such worthy causes as the Heart Association, the American Cancer S...ociety (as past National Chairman of Athletes vs. Cancer), the Kidney Foundation, Franciscan Sisters of Poor Health System, the American Lung Association, and the 'Catch the Cure' program of the Children's Hospital of Cincinnati. He also supports the Cincinnati Symphony, and the Museum of Science and Industry in addition to the Johnny Bench Scholarship Fund, which provides funds for students to attend college in the Cincinnati area.

Johnny has also spent quite some time in entertainment, logging thousands of hours in personal appearance on television networks such as ESPN, and Fox Sports in addition to participating in events such as touring with Bob Hope's Christmas Shows, and visiting troops in the Far East during Desert Storm. He has also sung with the Cincinnati Pops, authored books, and was the host of the Emmy-Award-winning instructional show, "The Baseball Bunch".

Johnny's national broadcasting background includes nine years with CBS Radio broadcasting the National Game of the Week, the All-Star Game, the League Championship Series and the World Series as well as play-by-play on Reds' television.

Johnny's corporate involvement is evident in long term spokesman relationships, both present and past with the Cincinnati based Fifth Third Bank and national retailer, S&K Menswear.
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Cincinnati Reds
The official Facebook page of Johnny Bench Enterprises, representing catcher of the Big Red Machine, Johnny Bench.
"I can throw out any man alive."
Minor League Player of the Year 1967
Rookie of the Year 1968
10x Gold Glove (1968-77)...
14x All-Star (1968-80, 1983)
2x NL MVP (1970, 72)
Lou Gehrig Memorial Award 1975
Babe Ruth Award 1976
World Series Champion 1975, 76
- WS MVP 1976
Hutch Award 1981
Baseball Hall of Fame 1989
All Century Team 1999
Louisville Slugger Living Legend 2011
Gold Glove Lifetime Achievement 2012
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Personal Information
Johnny Bench was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on December 7, 1947 and grew up in the small town of Binger, Oklahoma.

Johnny's childhood dream was to become ...a major league baseball player and his father counseled, that the position of catcher was the most direct route to that goal. Taking that advice, he was selected and signed in the 1965 amateur draft by the Cincinnati Reds. After two seasons in the minors, Bench made Cincinnati's Major League roster for the 1968 season. This marked the beginning of one of the most successful careers in baseball history and to Johnny's ascension as a celebrity.
Today, Johnny is a wonderful husband, and proud father of three very busy boys.
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