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January 13, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
He was a baseball player with a contradictory name. In a 17-year Hall of Fame career with the Cincinnati Reds, Johnny Bench almost never sat on one. Bench was a workhorse. Starting in 1967, and becoming arguably the best catcher ever, he played in 2,158 games, an average of 127 a season. That's a lot of squatting. He had his ways of communicating when enough was enough. "We were playing the Dodgers in Cincinnati one time, and the game the night before had gone on until something like 1 in the morning," Bench says.
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January 13, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
He was a baseball player with a contradictory name. In a 17-year Hall of Fame career with the Cincinnati Reds, Johnny Bench almost never sat on one. Bench was a workhorse. Starting in 1967, and becoming arguably the best catcher ever, he played in 2,158 games, an average of 127 a season. That's a lot of squatting. He had his ways of communicating when enough was enough. "We were playing the Dodgers in Cincinnati one time, and the game the night before had gone on until something like 1 in the morning," Bench says.
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May 4, 1999
Interactive Marketing Technology Inc. of Tarzana said ex-baseball star Johnny Bench will become the retail product endorsement spokesman for the company and a member of its board of directors. Bench, who played for the Cincinnati Reds and remains a special consultant to the team, will do in-store promotions for the company. IMT is a direct marketer for consumer products.
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August 7, 2002 | From Associated Press
Mike Piazza knows what it means to have his name mentioned with Johnny Bench. Piazza hit his 327th home run as a catcher, tying Bench for second-most at the position, and the New York Mets beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 5-1, Tuesday night to end a five-game losing streak. "Obviously, to be in the same sentence as Johnny Bench, for a catcher it's definitely an honor," Piazza said. "He's the barometer by which all catchers are measured." Piazza's two-run homer in the first inning was his 23rd.
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October 16, 1990 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
See Rickey run. See him steal 65 bases during the regular season and bedevil opposing pitchers and catchers. See him succeed in 12 of 13 attempts on artificial surfaces like the bright green carpet in Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium, site of Games 1 and 2 of the World Series. "If I played on (artificial) turf, I'd steal 160 bases," Rickey Henderson, the Athletics' left fielder, said after Monday's workout. "You get a lot better traction and power.
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May 30, 1996
Dodgers--Mike Piazza will not be the first catcher to hit at least 32 home runs three times if he reaches that level this season, as was reported in The Times on Wednesday. Johnny Bench hit at least 32 home runs three times.
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August 3, 1994 | EARL GUSTKEY
Johnny Bench, 46, wants to play pro golf on the seniors tour when he turns 50. Judging by the way he played at the Baseball Hall of Fame Golf Classic last Sunday, he might be ready for the regular PGA tour. He shot a seven-under 65 with seven birdies and an eagle. It equaled the course tournament record at the 6,324-yard Leatherstocking Golf Course. The course record is 62. Bench won the round by eight strokes, with Rollie Fingers trailing with a 73.
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July 28, 2000 | From Associated Press
Johnny Bench has quit a daily radio show with Reds' announcer Marty Brennaman after the two had a dispute over whether the broadcaster should have referred to Pete Rose in a Hall of Fame speech. Bench has quit WLW-AM's daily morning "Brennaman and Bench on Baseball" show, station operations manager Darryl Parks said Thursday. Parks said he had been told Bench had resigned from the show, but did not explain Bench's reason for leaving.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1999
Interactive Marketing Technology Inc. of Tarzana said ex-baseball star Johnny Bench will become the retail product endorsement spokesman for the company and a member of its board of directors. Bench, who played for the Cincinnati Reds and remains a special consultant to the team, will do in-store promotions for the company. IMT is a direct marketer for consumer products.
SPORTS
May 30, 1996
Dodgers--Mike Piazza will not be the first catcher to hit at least 32 home runs three times if he reaches that level this season, as was reported in The Times on Wednesday. Johnny Bench hit at least 32 home runs three times.
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November 16, 1995 | From Associated Press
Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench said he believes that former teammate Pete Rose bet on baseball and should be kept out of the Hall of Fame until he admits guilt and apologizes. That prompted an angry response from Rose, who said that Bench didn't know the facts and should keep quiet. Both men, who were key components of Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine" teams of the mid-1970s, made their comments in separate interviews with Cincinnati radio station WLW, which broadcasts Reds games.
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August 3, 1994 | EARL GUSTKEY
Johnny Bench, 46, wants to play pro golf on the seniors tour when he turns 50. Judging by the way he played at the Baseball Hall of Fame Golf Classic last Sunday, he might be ready for the regular PGA tour. He shot a seven-under 65 with seven birdies and an eagle. It equaled the course tournament record at the 6,324-yard Leatherstocking Golf Course. The course record is 62. Bench won the round by eight strokes, with Rollie Fingers trailing with a 73.
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October 8, 1993 | From Associated Press
How much are Johnny Bench autographed baseballs worth? Not as much as a home shopping show charged when the Hall of Fame catcher hawked the collectibles with a misleading pitch, a consumer watchdog charged Thursday. "Johnny Bench should have stuck with catching balls and stayed out of pitching products," said New York City's consumer affairs czar, Richard Schrader, who accused Bench and the Home Shopping Network of duping consumers.
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May 20, 1986 | TERRY ATKINSON, Compiled by Terry Atkinson
"The Baseball Bunch." Scholastic-Lorimar. Two cassettes, $19.95 each. Johnny Bench hosts these one-hour tapes teaching the fundamentals of the Grand Old Game to a "Bunch" of kids. The "Hitting" volume features tips by (and profiles of) Lou Piniella, Jim Rice and Ted Williams, while Ozzie Smith, Graig Nettles and Gary Carter show up on the "Fielding" tape. Comic relief is provided by the Famous Chicken and commercial intrusion by Kool-Aid Man.
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April 11, 1989
Retired Cincinnati Reds catcher Johnny Bench, who will be inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame in July, said that if it is demonstrated that Reds Manager Pete Rose bet on baseball, he should not be permitted a place in the Hall. In an interview published today in the Cincinnati Enquirer, Bench said he wants to believe that Rose did not bet on baseball games. "If he bet on baseball games and games that he participated in, then, no, he should not be in the Hall of Fame," Bench told the newspaper.
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October 16, 1990 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
See Rickey run. See him steal 65 bases during the regular season and bedevil opposing pitchers and catchers. See him succeed in 12 of 13 attempts on artificial surfaces like the bright green carpet in Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium, site of Games 1 and 2 of the World Series. "If I played on (artificial) turf, I'd steal 160 bases," Rickey Henderson, the Athletics' left fielder, said after Monday's workout. "You get a lot better traction and power.
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October 29, 1989 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A couple of old cogs from Cincinnati's Big Red Machine--Joe Morgan and Johnny Bench--were hanging around the batting cage before Saturday's World Series game, making them easy targets for the baseball question of the hour. How did the members of baseball's last dynasty, the Reds of the mid-1970s, feel about the latest dynasty-in-the-making, the Oakland Athletics of the late 1980s? Fine, just fine, Morgan and Bench agreed. Just don't ask them to compare the two teams. " What?!"
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