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Johnny Bench

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MLB Hall of Fame Speaker Johnny Bench was an All-Star catcher in Major League Baseball for the Cincinnati Reds. He spent his entire career with the Reds from 1967-1983. Johnny was a member of the powerful Reds dynasty known as The Big Red Machine. With help from Johnny, Joe Morgan, Pete Rose and others, The Big Red Machine won 6 National League Divisions titles and 4 National League pennants on their way to 2 World Series victories. No one played the catcher position quite like Johnny, and that is why many MLB historians still consider him the greatest catcher ever to play the game.

Johnny broke into the big leagues in the late 1960’s. He was called up to the Reds big league team halfway through the 1967 season. He was a great defensive player and earned the starting job for the 1968 season. Johnny took home the N.L. Rookie of the Year Award that season after a superb season behind the plate. He also won his first Gold Glove that year becoming the first rookie ever to win a Gold Glove. This would be the first of 10 career Gold Gloves and Johnny would go on to make the All-Star team 14 times including his final season in 1983. In 1989, Johnny was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame and was named the catcher of the All-Century Team.

Following his playing career, MLB Hall of Fame Speaker Johnny spent some time in the broadcast booth. He has worked as a correspondent for ESPN, the MLB Network and Fox Sports. He spent 9 years with CBS Radio providing play-by-play for Reds games and other MLB broadcasts. Johnny has been involved with a number of healthcare organizations throughout his career in the spotlight. In the past, Johnny acted as a National Chairman of Athletes vs. Cancer for the American Cancer Society and has also worked with the Heart Association and the American Lung Association.

Johnny Bench knows what kind of hard work and dedication it takes to be the best. His keynote speeches center around his own “Vowels to Success” that can help your audience find their footing and take the necessary steps to reach their goals.