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Baseball's Greatest Catcher



Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame
Inducted 1986
#5 Retired in 1984

Baseball Hall of Fame
Inducted 1989
with Carl Yastrzemski

Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame
Inducted 1990
Lifetime Achievement Award 2015

All Century Team
Established 1999
Catcher with Yogi Berra

Louisville Slugger Living Legend

Greatest Living Players
Fan vote with Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax and Hank Aaron, 2015

Cincinnati Franchise Four



Minor League Player of the Year

NL Rookie of the Year

NL Most Valuable Player
1970, 1972

2x World Series Champion
1975, 1976 (WS MVP)

10x Gold Glove Winner
1968 - 1977

14x All Star
1968 - 1980, 1983

1975 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award

1976 Babe Ruth Award

1981 Hutch Award


1976 World Series MVP


The Johnny Bench Scholarship Fund


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.


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 731 recipients have received grants through the 2016-17 school year totaling over $2,310,000, including 64 from Johnny’s home state of Oklahoma;

  • Currently there are 61 students receiving scholarships at 10 colleges and universities including 10 students from Binger, Oklahoma, Johnny’s home town;

  • There have been over 314 students graduate from college with financial assistance from the Johnny Bench Scholarship Fund.

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