"Baseball's Greatest Catcher"

- Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame

National Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee, 1989

As it reads on his plaque:

Redefined standards by which catchers are measured during 17 seasons with "Big Red Machice." Controlled game on both sides of plate with his hitting (389 Homers-Record 327 as Catcher, 1,376 RBI's), throwing out opposing base runners, calling pitches and blocking home plate. N.L. MVP, 1970 and 1972. Won 10 Gold Gloves. Last game, 9th inning homer led to 1972 pennant.

All Century Team, 1999

Celebrated at the 1999 All Star Game and World Series, a select group of players on a 30 man roster were brought together to represent the best players of the 20th century. Voted on by the fans and refined by baseball representatives, Johnny Bench was nominated the starter of this elite team.
 See Baseball-Almanac.com for full roster and voting results.

Louisville Slugger Living Legend, 2011

Each year the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory recognizes a former MLB player who "exemplifies greatness both on and off the field." Having started in 2007, other recipients include Ozzie Smith, Cal Ripken Jr., Tony Gwynn, Ernie Banks, Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, Ken Griffey Jr. and Andre Dawson.
 Johnny Bench used a Louisville Slugger B278 model.

Cincinnati Reds Retired #5

Over the years Johnny has received many honors from the Cincinnati Reds, where he spent his entire career. After Johnny retired in 1983, a year later the organization retired his #5. In addition to the statue dedication at Great American Ballpark in 2011, the Reds and the City of Cincinnati renamed the portion of 2nd street that runs along the stadium 'Johnny Bench Way'.
 He has two other streets named after him in Oklahoma City and his hometown Binger, OK.

Franchise Four, 2015

At the 2015 All Star Game hosted in Cincinnati, Major League Baseball unveiled the results of their Franchise Four voting. This campaign called upon fans to vote for the top four players that represented the face or each MLB team, as well as ealry pioneers of baseballs, legendary Negro League players, and the four overall greatest living legends. Johnny was also nominated to the Cincinnati Reds Franchise Four along with Joe Morgan, Barry Larkin and Pete Rose. Thank you to all the fans who participated.