Johnny Bench


Primary Team: Cincinnati Reds
Year Inducted: 
1989
Community Service/Charity:  

Community Service related to military/veterans:

  • Performed with Bob Hope on 1970 USO tour in Korea and Vietnam
  • Performed on USO Tour in 1990
  • Visited troops in the Far East during Operation Desert Storm
  • Raises money for the “Hope For the Warriors” campaign – a program geared toward enhancing life of post 9/11 service members, program also sponsored by Camp LeJune in North Carolina
  • In 2014, named the national spokesperson for the National Guard Youth Challenge (funded by the DOD National Guard Bureau)

Community Service (not military related):

  • Johnny Bench Award is given annually to the best collegiate catcher
  • Past National Chairman of “Athletes vs. Cancer” (American Cancer Society)
  • Hosts “Catch the Cure” Program of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
  • Fund raising for the American Lung Association

Military Service: Served in the National Guard, stationed at Ft. Knox Kentucky