Johnny Bench was one of the best defensive catchers, equally dangerous at the plate. Bench’s game intelligence behind home plate won him 10 Gold Glove awards in his career.
One of the key members of the 1975-76 "Big Red Machine," Johnny Bench held the record for career homeruns by a catcher until it was broken by Carlton Fisk and then Mike Piazza. He pioneered the one-handed style of catching prevalent today, and inspired many young ball players to seek out the position. September 29, 1983 was declared "Johnny Bench Night," at Riverfront Stadium, where he hit his 389th and final homerun.