Currently alive, at 71 years of age.
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1947 – Born on the 7th of December in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
1965 – He was drafted in the second round of the amateur draft and was called up in August, where he hit just .163, but impressed many with his defensive prowess and strong throwing arm.
1967 – Catcher for Cincinnati Reds.
1968 – Won the National League Rookie of the Year.
1970 – His finest statistical season, Bench hit .293 with 45 home runs and 148 RBIs.
– Most Valuable Player and was named to the National League All-Star team.
1975 – Bench was a key member of the Reds’ World Series championship teams known as "The Big Red Machine".
– Won such awards as the Lou Gehrig Award.
1976 – He was awarded the Babe Ruth Award.
1981 – He was awarded the Hutch Award.
1986 – Inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.
1989 – Elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, appearing on 96% of the ballots — the third-highest ever at the time.
1999 – He ranked Number 16 on The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, the highest-ranking catcher, and was elected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.
2000 – Starting with the college baseball season, the best collegiate catcher annually receives the Johnny Bench Award.
– He is the only professional baseball player ever to be a professional bowler.