Bench, Johnny

Bench, Johnny (Lee)

(1947–  ) baseball player; born in Oklahoma City, Okla. Part Cherokee, often injured, he is regarded as one of the game's greatest catchers. He pioneered the technique of one-handed catching and used a hinged catcher's mitt. He hit 389 career home runs for the Cincinnati Reds (1967–83) and won the Most Valuable Player Award in 1970 and 1972. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1989.
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Table 1 Post-Free Agency Hall of Famers (Number of Teams) PLAYER RETIREMENT YEAR # OF TEAMS Bench, Johnny 1984 1 Brett, George 1993 1 Carew, Rod 1985 2 Carlton, Steve 1988 6 Fingers, Rollie 1985 3 Fisk, Carlton 1993 2 Jackson, Reggie 1987 4 Jenkins, Fergie 1983 4 Morgan, Joe 1985 5 Niekro, Phil 1987 4 Palmer, Jim 1984 1 Perez, Tony 1995 4 Perry, Gaylord 1983 8 Puckett, Kirby 1995 1 Ryan, Nolan 1993 4 Schmidt, Mike 1989 1 Seaver, Tom 1986 4 Stargell, Willie 1982 1 Sutton, Don 1988 5 Winfield, Dave 1995 6 Yastrzemski, Carl 1983 1 Yount, Robin 1993 1 Source: John Thorn et al., Total Baseball, 7th ed.