MLB Catcher, Leader of Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine"
Considered by many the greatest catcher in history because of his combination of defensive skill, offensive power, and durability, Johnny Bench was one of the leaders of Cincinnati’s “Big Red Machine” that won six Eastern Division titles. The 6-foot-1, 208-pound Bench joined the Reds late in the 1967 season and became a star in 1968,…
Considered by many the greatest catcher in history because of his combination of defensive skill, offensive power, and durability, Johnny Bench was one of the leaders of Cincinnati’s “Big Red Machine” that won six Eastern Division titles.
The 6-foot-1, 208-pound Bench joined the Reds late in the 1967 season and became a star in 1968, when he set records for a catcher by playing in 154 games and hitting 40 doubles. He was named the league’s rookie of the year.
Johnny Bench won his first most valuable player award in 1972. Bench’s league-leading 45 home runs and 148 RBIs helped the Reds to the division title. He came close to duplicating those numbers in 1973, again leading the league with 40 home runs and 125 RBI to win another MVP award as the Reds won another division title. They won the pennant both seasons but lost twice to the Oakland Athletics in the World Series.
In 1974, Johnny Bench led the league in RBI for the third time, with 129. The Reds finally won the World Series in 1975 and they repeated the following year. Bench’s offensive numbers weren’t nearly as spectacular in those seasons, but he was still clearly the best catcher in the league. In 1977, he was named the All-Star starter for the tenth consecutive year.
Knee problems began to bother Bench in 1978 and he was limited to just 52 games in 1981, when he played primarily at first base. He was also used at third base and in the outfield at times during his last two years. He retired after the 1983 season and became a radio broadcaster.
The winner of ten Gold Glove Awards, Johnny Bench pioneered the one-handed style of catching, keeping his left hand behind his back to protect it from foul tips and using a very flexible glove to snare the ball, a technique now used by virtually all major league catchers
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LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
Our speaker was great and the crowd enjoyed her! She was very engaging. Thank you again PDA for the great list of suggestions!
Everything went great! and our speaker was wonderful! Thank you so much for all your help PDA! Looking forward to the next one.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
I hope that this message finds you well. We had a phenomenal time with Atsuko this past Thursday. We wanted to just let you know how amazing she was. All those that were in attendance thoroughly enjoyed her and had nothing but amazing things to say about her. Thank you for working with us to make sure this happened!
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
We had a fantastic day with Inge! She was very engaging with all those that attended. Her personal stories about the holocaust were very special and we were moved that she was willing to share them with everyone. Thank you again, PDA for all your hard work and dedication to make this program such a success!
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Dear PDA Group, Thank you so much for your hard work in scheduling our speaker! From the moment we reached out to you the first time, you worked with us on all details and logistics and kept us up-to-date on the progress. Thank you for all your hard work on making our event such a success! We couldn't have done it without you and your team!
Thank you again, Dr. Kimbrough, for a great presentation, our attendees are still talking about it!
Dr. Henry Lee's presentation was entertaining, insightful and wise. I, and everyone at Pfizer, especially appreciate the remarks you directed about following your passion and preparing yourself to excel. Thank you, everyone, at PDA for helping to make this happen!
The event was successful! I received many messages expressing how awesome, outstanding and inspiring Ms. Webb-Christburg's speech was."
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Novello left this morning after a very successful event on our campus! Thank you PDA Group for your help from the first phone to the last you were with us every step of the way.
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
On behalf of myself and my organization Entertainment Unlimited the Campus Programming Board of Ferris State University, we thank you PDA and Dan for a successful event!! Dan was magnificent! Students really enjoyed the presentation. I know I did. Can't wait to bring in more programs with PDA Group.
FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
It was a great pleasure to work with PDA Group! The communication was always prompt, friendly and helpful. We loved the speakers and events we booked through Mr. Peter Walker (PDA Group).
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Thank you, Peter, for all your help, you'll be happy to know that the event went incredibly well! Aneesa Ferreira was by far one of the best speakers we've ever had!
A Conversation With Johnny Bench
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