“Every time Bench throws, everybody in baseball drools.” – Baltimore Orioles General Manager Harry Dalton on Bench in spring training, 1969.Bench 1976 Jersey
Johnny Bench Jersey made his Major League debut on August 28, 1967 in a game against the Phillies at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds Jersey,The player who would be named The Sporting News Minor League Player of the Year struggled at the plate in his first game going 0-3 with two strikeouts before light-hitting Chico Ruiz pinch-hit for him in the 9th inning in a game the Reds lost, 3-2. Behind the plate, Bench gunned down the first would-be base stealer of his career when he pegged the Phillies’ Don Lock in the 4th inning.
Bench struggled at the plate through the remainder of the 1967 season but Johnny Bench Jersey defensive talents, his uncanny ability to handle pitchers and his impressive minor league credentials made him the experts’ pick to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 1968. He was not only the media’s choice as demonstrated by the annual Sport Magazine poll of Major League players in which Bench was the overwhelming choice.
Johnny Bench Jersey Sale decisively proved the media and his fellow players correct by fashioning a stellar, record-setting rookie season. After starting the year as Don Pavletich’s back-up, Bench took over when Paveltich was injured and refused to let go of the job. He hit .275 with 40 doubles, 15 home runs and 82 RBI in a year in which the league batting average was a pedestrian .243. Behind the plate, he set a new rookie record for game caught with 154, was 3rd in the league in runners caught stealing and finished 5th in the league with a caught-stealing percentage of 47.3. Named to his first All-Star team, Bench also became the first rookie catcher to win a Gold Glove for defensive excellence. And in the closest vote in the award’s history to that time, Bench edged out Mets pitcher Jerry Koosman to become the first catcher in history to be named Rookie of the Year.
Topping 1968 would be a tall order but Bench didn’t flinch in the face of weighty expectations, boldly predicting that a .280 batting average, 25 home runs and 100 RBI would be the encore to his triumphant rookie campaign. When his forecast was for the coming year appeared in print, no one scoffed at the audacity of it and it was good that they did not as Bench came frightfully close to hitting his projected numbers when the final season stats found Bench with a .293 average, 26 home runs and 90 RBI. Season highlights included a two-run home run in the All-Star Game, a performance the prompted Oakland A’s owner Charles Finley to offer the Reds a record $1 million dollars for Bench, an offer the Reds immediately refused and catching the first (and only) no-hitter of his career when Jim Maloney held the Astros hitless on April 30. Johnny Benc Johnny h Throwback Jersey, A second consecutive Gold Glove followed at season’s end as Bench once again performed spectacularly behind the plate, throwing out a league-best 57.1% of runners trying to steal.
After two seasons, Johnny Bench was a star who was drawing comparisons to the best catchers in the game’s history. What no one could have realistically predicted was how much better Johnny Bench was about to become.