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Johnny Bench

Johnny Lee Bench (Little General) (twitter: @Johnny_Bench5)

Positions: Catcher, Third Baseman and First Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 197 lb.

Born: December 7, 1947 in Oklahoma City, OK
High School: Anadarko HS (Anadarko, OK)
Drafted
by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2nd round of the 1965 amateur draft. (All Transactions)
Debut: August 28, 1967 (Age 19.264, 10,220th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1968 season [*]
Team: Reds 1967-1983

Final Game: September 29, 1983 (Age 35.296)
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by BBWAA as Player in 1989 (431/447 ballots).
   View Johnny Bench Page at the Baseball Hall of Fame (plaque, photos, videos).

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Fine Details  · Last updated Nov 26, 2014 6:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #52. Jeff Bagwell… #53. George Davis… #54. Tim Raines… #55. JOHNNY BENCH… #56. Alan Trammell… #57. Pee Wee Reese… #58. Harmon Killebrew… 

Standard Batting

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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1967 19 CIN NL 26 93 86 7 14 3 1 1 6 0 1 5 19 .163 .207 .256 .462 26 22 4 0 1 1 0 2
1968 ★ 20 CIN NL 154 607 564 67 155 40 2 15 82 1 5 31 96 .275 .311 .433 .743 116 244 14 2 2 8 8 *2 AS,MVP-16,RoY-1,GG
1969 ★ 21 CIN NL 148 592 532 83 156 23 1 26 90 6 6 49 86 .293 .353 .487 .840 129 259 7 4 0 7 7 *2 AS,MVP-13,GG
1970 ★ 22 CIN NL 158 671 605 97 177 35 4 45 148 5 2 54 102 .293 .345 .587 .932 141 355 12 0 1 11 9 *273/985 AS,MVP-1,GG
1971 ★ 23 CIN NL 149 613 562 80 134 19 2 27 61 2 1 49 83 .238 .299 .423 .722 107 238 20 0 0 2 7 *237/59 AS,GG
1972 ★ 24 CIN NL 147 653 538 87 145 22 2 40 125 6 6 100 84 .270 .379 .541 .920 166 291 18 2 0 12 23 *29/35 AS,MVP-1,GG
1973 ★ 25 CIN NL 152 651 557 83 141 17 3 25 104 4 1 83 83 .253 .345 .429 .774 119 239 22 0 1 10 14 *29/35 AS,MVP-10,GG
1974 ★ 26 CIN NL 160 708 621 108 174 38 2 33 129 5 4 80 90 .280 .363 .507 .870 143 315 13 3 0 4 15 *25/3 AS,MVP-4,GG
1975 ★ 27 CIN NL 142 606 530 83 150 39 1 28 110 11 0 65 108 .283 .359 .519 .878 140 275 12 2 0 8 12 *27/39 AS,MVP-4,GG
1976 ★ 28 CIN NL 135 552 465 62 109 24 1 16 74 13 2 81 95 .234 .348 .394 .741 109 183 9 2 0 4 6 *2/73 AS,GG
1977 ★ 29 CIN NL 142 563 494 67 136 34 2 31 109 2 4 58 95 .275 .348 .540 .889 133 267 10 1 0 7 8 *2/7359 AS,MVP-21,GG
1978 ★ 30 CIN NL 120 451 393 52 102 17 1 23 73 4 2 50 83 .260 .340 .483 .823 129 190 9 1 1 6 10 23/79 AS
1979 ★ 31 CIN NL 130 538 464 73 128 19 0 22 80 4 2 67 73 .276 .364 .459 .824 123 213 11 0 3 4 8 *2/3 AS,MVP-23
1980 ★ 32 CIN NL 114 407 360 52 90 12 0 24 68 4 2 41 64 .250 .327 .483 .810 123 174 9 2 0 4 2 2 AS,MVP-17
1981 33 CIN NL 52 196 178 14 55 8 0 8 25 0 2 17 21 .309 .369 .489 .858 141 87 4 0 1 0 3 3/2
1982 34 CIN NL 119 439 399 44 103 16 0 13 38 1 2 37 58 .258 .320 .396 .716 98 158 14 0 1 2 2 5/32
1983 ★ 35 CIN NL 110 334 310 32 79 15 2 12 54 0 1 24 38 .255 .308 .432 .741 101 134 13 0 0 0 1 53/27 AS
17 Yrs 2158 8674 7658 1091 2048 381 24 389 1376 68 43 891 1278 .267 .342 .476 .817 126 3644 201 19 11 90 135
162 Game Avg. 162 651 575 82 154 29 2 29 103 5 3 67 96 .267 .342 .476 .817 126 274 15 1 1 7 10
G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1967 19 CIN NL 26 93 -7 -1 -0 0 2 -7 -0.8 3 -4 -0.5 .468 .495 -0.5 0.2 -4 $5,500 2
1968 ★ 20 CIN NL 154 607 12 -1 -0 1 8 20 2.8 21 41 5.0 .517 .516 4.6 1.4 40 $11,000 *2 AS,MVP-16,RoY-1,GG
1969 ★ 21 CIN NL 148 592 24 0 -0 4 8 36 4.1 20 56 6.1 .527 .524 5.5 1.5 52 $23,500 *2 AS,MVP-13,GG
1970 ★ 22 CIN NL 158 671 30 2 1 10 7 50 5.2 23 72 7.4 .532 .531 6.3 1.8 63 *273/985 AS,MVP-1,GG
1971 ★ 23 CIN NL 149 613 6 -1 -3 7 7 16 1.9 21 37 4.1 .512 .511 3.1 1.7 30 $90,000 *237/59 AS,GG
1972 ★ 24 CIN NL 147 653 41 -2 -2 13 7 57 6.6 20 78 8.6 .544 .540 6.9 2.4 64 *29/35 AS,MVP-1,GG
1973 ★ 25 CIN NL 152 651 9 3 -2 8 8 26 2.7 21 47 4.7 .518 .517 3.9 1.6 39 $115,000 *29/35 AS,MVP-10,GG
1974 ★ 26 CIN NL 160 708 35 -1 0 10 10 53 5.7 22 76 7.8 .536 .536 6.7 2.1 66 $115,000 *25/3 AS,MVP-4,GG
1975 ★ 27 CIN NL 142 606 26 3 -1 10 7 44 4.7 20 63 6.6 .533 .529 5.4 1.8 54 $175,000 *27/39 AS,MVP-4,GG
1976 ★ 28 CIN NL 135 552 8 1 -1 10 8 26 2.9 18 44 4.6 .522 .518 3.4 2.0 34 $200,000 *2/73 AS,GG
1977 ★ 29 CIN NL 142 563 23 -1 -0 2 8 32 3.2 18 50 5.0 .523 .520 4.7 1.0 48 $235,000 *2/7359 AS,MVP-21,GG
1978 ★ 30 CIN NL 120 451 19 -2 -1 5 6 27 3.0 15 41 4.4 .525 .519 3.8 1.2 37 $400,000 23/79 AS
1979 ★ 31 CIN NL 130 538 17 1 -1 10 8 35 3.8 17 53 5.6 .529 .523 4.4 1.9 43 $400,000 *2/3 AS,MVP-23
1980 ★ 32 CIN NL 114 407 13 -0 -1 0 6 18 1.9 14 32 3.3 .517 .512 3.3 0.7 32 $400,000 2 AS,MVP-17
1981 33 CIN NL 52 196 7 -1 -0 -0 -2 4 0.5 7 10 1.1 .508 .503 1.1 -0.2 11 $400,000 3/2
1982 34 CIN NL 119 439 3 -1 -2 -15 1 -14 -1.5 15 1 -0.0 .487 .490 1.5 -1.5 16 $400,000 5/32
1983 ★ 35 CIN NL 110 334 4 -1 -2 -0 -1 0 -0.1 11 12 1.1 .500 .500 1.1 -0.1 12 53/27 AS
17 Seasons 2158 8674 269 -2 -15 72 97 422 46.5 286 708 75.0 .521 .519 65.2 19.3 636 $2,970,000
Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1970 22 CIN NL NLCS PIT W 3 12 9 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 1 .222 .417 .556 .972 5 1 0 0 0 2
1970 22 CIN NL WS BAL L 5 20 19 3 4 0 0 1 3 0 0 1 2 .211 .250 .368 .618 7 0 0 0 0 0
1972 24 CIN NL NLCS PIT W 5 20 18 3 6 1 1 1 2 2 0 1 3 .333 .350 .667 1.017 12 0 0 0 1 0
1972 24 CIN NL WS OAK L 7 28 23 4 6 1 0 1 1 2 0 5 5 .261 .393 .435 .828 10 0 0 0 0 3
1973 25 CIN NL NLCS NYM L 5 21 19 1 5 2 0 1 1 0 0 2 3 .263 .333 .526 .860 10 0 0 0 0 1
1975 27 CIN NL NLCS PIT W 3 14 13 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 .077 .143 .077 .220 1 0 0 0 0 0
1975 ❍ 27 CIN NL WS BOS W 7 31 29 5 6 2 0 1 4 0 0 2 4 .207 .258 .379 .637 11 0 0 0 0 0
1976 28 CIN NL NLCS PHI W 3 13 12 3 4 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 2 .333 .385 .667 1.051 8 1 0 0 0 0
1976 ❍ MVP 28 CIN NL WS NYY W 4 15 15 4 8 1 1 2 6 0 0 0 1 .533 .533 1.133 1.667 17 2 0 0 0 0
1979 31 CIN NL NLCS PIT L 3 14 12 1 3 0 1 1 1 0 1 2 2 .250 .357 .667 1.024 8 0 0 0 0 0
6 Yrs (10 Series) 45 188 169 27 45 8 3 10 20 6 1 18 29 .266 .335 .527 .862 89 4 0 0 1 6
6 NLCS 22 94 83 11 21 4 2 5 6 4 1 10 17 .253 .330 .530 .860 44 2 0 0 1 3
4 WS 23 94 86 16 24 4 1 5 14 2 0 8 12 .279 .340 .523 .864 45 2 0 0 0 3

Standard Fielding

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Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1967 CIN NL 19 C 26 26 22 233.0 192 175 16 1 0 .995 0 0 7.38 7.35 .990 6.89 6.89 2 12 5 5 50% 40% 3
1968 CIN NL 20 C 154 139 137 1301.0 1053 942 102 9 10 .991 1 1 7.22 6.78 .990 6.87 6.90 18 55 49 44 47% 39% 12 AS,MVP-16,RoY-1,GG
1969 CIN NL 21 C 147 135 131 1249.0 876 793 76 7 10 .992 4 4 6.26 5.91 .989 7.06 7.01 14 63 30 40 57% 40% 7 AS,MVP-13,GG
1970 CIN NL 22 C 139 130 119 1158.0 840 755 73 12 12 .986 12 12 6.44 5.96 .987 6.85 6.82 9 32 32 30 48% 33% 8 AS,MVP-1,GG
1970 CIN NL 22 OF 24 17 8 151.0 27 24 1 2 0 .926 -2 -15 1.49 1.04 .976 2.07 2.06 AS,MVP-1,GG
1970 CIN NL 22 LF 15 8 4 78.0 16 14 1 1 0 .938 0 3 1.73 1.00 .971 1.75 1.75 AS,MVP-1,GG
1970 CIN NL 22 1B 12 5 4 54.0 79 74 4 1 7 .987 -0 -11 13.00 6.50 .992 9.68 9.64 AS,MVP-1,GG
1970 CIN NL 22 RF 7 7 4 58.0 9 8 0 1 0 .889 -2 -48 1.24 1.14 .976 1.99 1.99 AS,MVP-1,GG
1970 CIN NL 22 CF 2 2 0 15.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 0 16 1.80 1.50 .977 2.34 2.35 AS,MVP-1,GG
1970 CIN NL 22 3B 1 0 0 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -120 9.00 1.00 .940 2.70 2.90 AS,MVP-1,GG
1971 CIN NL 23 C 141 133 120 1169.2 755 687 59 9 9 .988 8 8 5.74 5.29 .988 6.34 6.33 6 29 37 26 41% 35% 7 AS,GG
1971 CIN NL 23 1B 12 1 0 33.0 36 34 1 1 7 .972 -1 -47 9.55 2.92 .992 9.87 9.87 AS,GG
1971 CIN NL 23 OF 12 10 2 79.0 13 12 1 0 0 1.000 -1 -18 1.48 1.08 .979 2.19 2.19 AS,GG
1971 CIN NL 23 LF 10 8 1 63.0 10 9 1 0 0 1.000 -0 -10 1.43 1.00 .970 1.87 1.87 AS,GG
1971 CIN NL 23 3B 3 3 0 19.0 8 2 6 0 0 1.000 1 69 3.79 2.67 .949 2.79 2.80 AS,GG
1971 CIN NL 23 RF 3 2 1 16.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -52 1.12 0.67 .980 2.08 2.07 AS,GG
1972 CIN NL 24 C 129 124 115 1139.2 797 735 56 6 9 .992 12 13 6.25 6.13 .987 6.61 6.63 2 33 24 31 56% 37% 8 AS,MVP-1,GG
1972 CIN NL 24 OF 17 17 10 138.0 32 30 0 2 0 .938 1 8 1.96 1.76 .978 2.18 2.19 AS,MVP-1,GG
1972 CIN NL 24 RF 17 17 10 138.0 32 30 0 2 0 .938 1 8 1.96 1.76 .979 2.02 2.03 AS,MVP-1,GG
1972 CIN NL 24 1B 7 2 2 28.0 25 24 0 1 1 .960 0 17 7.71 3.43 .992 9.74 9.76 AS,MVP-1,GG
1972 CIN NL 24 3B 4 4 2 33.0 10 2 7 1 0 .900 -0 -4 2.45 2.25 .945 2.86 2.88 AS,MVP-1,GG
1973 CIN NL 25 C 134 124 111 1115.0 758 693 61 4 7 .995 9 10 6.09 5.63 .987 6.34 6.34 8 23 28 27 49% 36% 4 AS,MVP-10,GG
1973 CIN NL 25 OF 23 22 10 181.0 37 35 0 2 0 .946 -1 -9 1.74 1.52 .977 2.23 2.23 AS,MVP-10,GG
1973 CIN NL 25 RF 23 22 10 181.0 35 33 0 2 0 .943 -1 -9 1.64 1.43 .973 2.01 2.01 AS,MVP-10,GG
1973 CIN NL 25 1B 4 3 2 26.0 29 29 0 0 3 1.000 0 0 10.04 7.25 .992 9.83 9.82 AS,MVP-10,GG
1973 CIN NL 25 3B 1 1 0 7.0 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 0 0 2.57 2.00 .945 2.83 2.90 AS,MVP-10,GG
1974 CIN NL 26 C 137 129 111 1133.1 831 757 68 6 16 .993 10 11 6.55 6.02 .985 6.12 6.11 3 40 37 35 49% 33% 2 AS,MVP-4,GG
1974 CIN NL 26 3B 36 30 22 263.0 80 22 55 3 2 .963 -1 -4 2.63 2.14 .948 3.04 3.04 AS,MVP-4,GG
1974 CIN NL 26 1B 5 0 0 13.0 15 15 0 0 0 1.000 1 55 10.38 3.00 .991 9.97 9.92 AS,MVP-4,GG
1975 CIN NL 27 C 121 115 95 1002.2 626 568 51 7 9 .989 10 12 5.56 5.12 .985 6.03 6.02 0 29 32 27 46% 32% 2 AS,MVP-4,GG
1975 CIN NL 27 OF 19 18 12 153.0 34 33 1 0 0 1.000 0 0 2.00 1.79 .978 2.29 2.28 AS,MVP-4,GG
1975 CIN NL 27 LF 16 15 10 129.0 28 28 0 0 0 1.000 0 2 1.95 1.75 .973 2.10 2.10 AS,MVP-4,GG
1975 CIN NL 27 1B 9 3 2 37.1 46 45 0 1 2 .978 -0 -16 10.85 5.00 .990 9.96 9.96 AS,MVP-4,GG
1975 CIN NL 27 RF 3 3 2 24.0 6 5 1 0 0 1.000 -0 -10 2.25 2.00 .973 2.03 2.03 AS,MVP-4,GG
1976 CIN NL 28 C 128 120 105 1071.0 713 651 60 2 11 .997 12 13 5.97 5.55 .986 5.96 5.94 5 27 57 42 42% 33% 3 AS,GG
1976 CIN NL 28 LF 5 3 0 28.0 6 4 0 2 0 .667 -2 -73 1.29 0.80 .977 2.02 2.00 AS,GG
1976 CIN NL 28 OF 5 3 0 28.0 6 4 0 2 0 .667 -2 -73 1.29 0.80 .978 2.35 2.32 AS,GG
1976 CIN NL 28 1B 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -120 0.00 0.00 9.90 9.90 AS,GG
1977 CIN NL 29 C 135 125 102 1065.2 781 705 66 10 10 .987 2 2 6.51 5.71 .985 6.49 6.49 3 39 64 42 40% 35% 1 AS,MVP-21,GG
1977 CIN NL 29 OF 8 7 2 52.0 9 9 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -7 1.56 1.13 .978 2.27 2.26 AS,MVP-21,GG
1977 CIN NL 29 LF 7 6 2 44.0 9 9 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -3 1.84 1.29 .972 1.92 1.93 AS,MVP-21,GG
1977 CIN NL 29 1B 4 2 1 21.0 24 21 2 1 3 .958 1 69 9.86 5.75 .991 9.90 9.90 AS,MVP-21,GG
1977 CIN NL 29 3B 1 0 0 5.0 2 0 1 1 0 .500 -1 -168 1.80 1.00 .955 3.06 3.00 AS,MVP-21,GG
1977 CIN NL 29 RF 1 1 0 8.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -30 0.00 0.00 2.14 2.10 AS,MVP-21,GG
1978 CIN NL 30 C 107 96 69 836.0 660 605 48 7 6 .989 7 10 7.03 6.10 .985 6.17 6.12 12 20 49 35 42% 32% 2 AS
1978 CIN NL 30 1B 11 9 2 75.0 82 75 5 2 7 .976 -1 -21 9.60 7.27 .992 9.98 9.90 AS
1978 CIN NL 30 OF 2 2 1 15.2 0 0 0 0 0 -1 -77 0.00 0.00 2.30 2.30 AS
1978 CIN NL 30 LF 1 1 1 10.2 0 0 0 0 0 -1 -90 0.00 0.00 2.02 2.00 AS
1978 CIN NL 30 RF 1 1 0 5.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -48 0.00 0.00 2.16 2.10 AS
1979 CIN NL 31 C 126 123 114 1083.1 697 619 68 10 11 .986 10 11 5.71 5.45 .985 6.13 6.11 5 21 70 45 39% 34% 2 AS,MVP-23
1979 CIN NL 31 1B 2 2 0 14.0 14 13 1 0 1 1.000 -0 -17 9.00 7.00 .992 9.90 9.85 AS,MVP-23
1980 CIN NL 32 C 105 98 81 847.0 549 505 39 5 7 .991 0 0 5.78 5.18 .983 6.09 6.10 6 21 83 34 29% 31% 1 AS,MVP-17
1981 CIN NL 33 1B 38 37 27 322.0 363 334 23 6 35 .983 -0 -1 9.98 9.39 .992 10.22 10.25
1981 CIN NL 33 C 7 7 6 60.0 47 41 5 1 0 .979 0 0 6.90 6.57 .983 5.92 5.94 1 1 9 4 31% 33% 0
1982 CIN NL 34 3B 107 103 69 858.2 228 54 155 19 10 .917 -15 -21 2.19 1.95 .951 2.77 2.78
1982 CIN NL 34 1B 8 5 4 45.2 57 53 4 0 7 1.000 -0 -3 11.23 7.13 .992 10.23 10.26
1982 CIN NL 34 C 1 0 0 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 9.00 1.00 .980 6.30 6.30 0 0 0 0 0
1983 CIN NL 35 3B 42 41 18 319.1 90 26 58 6 5 .933 -2 -9 2.37 2.00 .949 2.70 2.69 AS
1983 CIN NL 35 1B 32 29 26 251.0 266 249 14 3 21 .989 2 11 9.43 8.22 .992 9.96 9.92 AS
1983 CIN NL 35 C 5 3 0 23.0 20 17 2 1 0 .950 0 0 7.43 3.80 .984 6.57 6.54 0 1 4 2 33% 33% 0 AS
1983 CIN NL 35 LF 1 0 0 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.00 AS
1983 CIN NL 35 OF 1 0 0 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.30 AS
17 Seasons C 1742 1627 1438 14488.1 10196 9249 850 97 127 .990 97 8 6.27 5.80 .987 6.42 6.41 94 446 610 469 43% 35% 62
8 Seasons 3B 195 182 111 1506.0 421 107 284 30 17 .929 -18 -15 2.34 2.01 .950 2.81 2.81
13 Seasons 1B 145 98 70 921.0 1036 966 54 16 94 .985 0 0 9.97 7.03 .992 10.03 9.99
9 Seasons OF 111 96 45 798.1 158 147 3 8 0 .949 -7 -10 1.69 1.35 .978 2.21 2.20
7 Seasons LF 55 41 18 353.1 69 64 2 3 0 .957 -3 -9 1.68 1.20 .972 1.95 1.93
7 Seasons RF 55 53 27 430.0 84 78 1 5 0 .940 -4 -11 1.65 1.44 .976 2.02 2.02
1 Season CF 2 2 0 15.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 0 16 1.80 1.50 .977 2.34 2.35
17 Seasons TOT 2193 2003 1664 17713.2 11811 10469 1191 151 238 .987 72 5 5.92 5.32 .986 6.11 6.11 94 446 610 469 43% 35% 62
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1989 BBWAA (96.4%)
Selected to HOF in 1989 by BBWAA

All-Star Games
1968 *
1969 (C)
1970 (C)
1971 (C)
1972 (C)
1973 (C)
1974 (C)
1975 (C)
1976 (C)
1977 (C)
1978
1979
1980 (C)
1983 *

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1968 NL (16, 4%)
1969 NL (13, 4%)
1970 NL (1, 97%)
1972 NL (1, 78%)
1973 NL (10, 12%)
1974 NL (4, 42%)
1975 NL (4, 35%)
1977 NL (21, 1%)
1979 NL (23, 2%)
1980 NL (17, 2%)
2 MVPs
2.77 Career Shares (43rd)

Gold Gloves
1968 NL (C)
1969 NL (C)
1970 NL (C)
1971 NL (C)
1972 NL (C)
1973 NL (C)
1974 NL (C)
1975 NL (C)
1976 NL (C)
1977 NL (C)
All multiple winners

Weekly Awards (yr-week lg award)
1974 Jul 14th NL Player of the Week
1976 May 2nd NL Player of the Week
1983 Apr 10th NL Player of the Week

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1970 NL  7.5 (2nd)
1972 NL  8.6 (3rd)
1974 NL  7.8 (5th)
1975 NL  6.6 (8th)
1979 NL  5.6 (9th)
Career  75.0 (77th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1969 NL  6.1 (9th)
1970 NL  7.5 (1st)
1972 NL  8.6 (2nd)
1974 NL  7.8 (3rd)
1975 NL  6.6 (4th)
1976 NL  4.6 (10th)
1977 NL  5.0 (10th)
1979 NL  5.6 (7th)
Career  75.0 (48th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1969 NL  5.5 (10th)
1970 NL  6.3 (4th)
1972 NL  6.9 (4th)
1974 NL  6.7 (3rd)
1975 NL  5.5 (5th)
1977 NL  4.7 (10th)
Career  65.2 (74th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1970 NL  1.8 (4th)
1971 NL  1.7 (9th)
1972 NL  2.4 (1st)
1973 NL  1.6 (10th)
1974 NL  2.1 (6th)
1975 NL  1.8 (8th)
1976 NL  2.0 (3rd)
1979 NL  1.9 (4th)
Career  19.3 (52nd)

On-Base% s c a p y
1972 NL  .379 (10th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1970 NL  .587 (3rd)
1972 NL  .541 (3rd)
1974 NL  .507 (4th)
1975 NL  .519 (4th)
1977 NL  .540 (5th)
Career  .476 (214th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1970 NL  .932 (9th)
1972 NL  .920 (4th)
1974 NL  .870 (7th)
1975 NL  .878 (9th)
1977 NL  .889 (8th)

Games Played s c a p y
1970 NL  158 (8th)
1974 NL  160 (5th)
Career  2,158 (160th)

At Bats s c a p y
1970 NL  605 (10th)
1974 NL  621 (7th)
Career  7,658 (181st)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1972 NL  653 (10th)
1974 NL  708 (6th)
Career  8,674 (181st)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1972 NL  87 (10th)
1974 NL  108 (2nd)

Total Bases s c a p y
1970 NL  355 (2nd)
1972 NL  291 (3rd)
1974 NL  315 (1st)
1975 NL  275 (8th)
Career  3,644 (139th)

Doubles s c a p y
1968 NL  40 (3rd)
1970 NL  35 (6th)
1974 NL  38 (2nd)
1975 NL  39 (3rd)
Career  381 (216th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1970 NL  45 (1st)
1971 NL  27 (9th)
1972 NL  40 (1st)
1974 NL  33 (2nd)
1975 NL  28 (4th)
1977 NL  31 (7th)
1980 NL  24 (10th)
Career  389 (60th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1968 NL  82 (9th)
1970 NL  148 (1st)
1972 NL  125 (1st)
1973 NL  104 (3rd)
1974 NL  129 (1st)
1975 NL  110 (2nd)
1977 NL  109 (7th)
Career  1,376 (81st)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1972 NL  100 (3rd)
1976 NL  81 (8th)
Career  891 (174th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1975 NL  108 (8th)
1976 NL  95 (10th)
Career  1,278 (130th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1970 NL  141 (10th)
1972 NL  166 (2nd)
1974 NL  143 (7th)
1975 NL  140 (9th)
Career  126 (226th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1970 NL  121 (7th)
1972 NL  110 (4th)
1974 NL  114 (4th)
1975 NL  101 (8th)
Career  1,239 (180th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1972 NL  50 (2nd)
1974 NL  36 (6th)
Career  267 (159th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1972 NL  5.1 (2nd)
1974 NL  3.6 (6th)
Career  27.1 (155th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1968 NL  57 (7th)
1970 NL  84 (1st)
1972 NL  64 (4th)
1974 NL  73 (1st)
1975 NL  68 (4th)
1977 NL  67 (5th)
Career  794 (117th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1972 NL  247 (5th)
1974 NL  257 (7th)
Career  2,958 (217th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1972 NL  .727 (9th)
1974 NL  .689 (8th)
1975 NL  .697 (7th)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1968 NL  8 (2nd)
1969 NL  7 (6th)
1970 NL  11 (1st)
1972 NL  12 (1st)
1973 NL  10 (1st)
1975 NL  8 (6th)
Career  90 (61st)

Intentional Bases on Balls s c a p y
1972 NL  23 (1st)
1973 NL  14 (8th)
1974 NL  15 (4th)
1975 NL  12 (8th)
Career  135 (62nd)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1971 NL  20 (5th)
1972 NL  18 (3rd)
1973 NL  22 (5th)
Career  201 (94th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1975 NL  15.8 (5th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1970 NL  13.4 (2nd)
1971 NL  20.8 (9th)
1972 NL  13.5 (2nd)
1974 NL  18.8 (4th)
1975 NL  18.9 (4th)
1977 NL  15.9 (6th)
1978 NL  17.1 (6th)**
1980 NL  15.0 (5th)**
Career  19.7 (114th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1974 NL  468 (9th)
Career  5,955 (153rd)

Base-Out Runs Added (RE24)s c a p y
1970 NL  47.01 (9th)
1972 NL  44.23 (7th)
1974 NL  47.58 (5th)
Career  351.73 (85th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1972 NL  3.7 (9th)
1974 NL  4.1 (5th)
Career  30.1 (103rd)

Situ. Wins Added (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1972 NL  4.5 (5th)
1975 NL  3.5 (8th)
Career  33.1 (86th)

Base-Out Wins Added (REW)s c a p y
1970 NL  4.5 (10th)
1972 NL  4.7 (7th)
1974 NL  4.8 (5th)
Career  35.5 (83rd)

Total Zone Runss c a p y
1972 NL  13 (1st)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1968 NL  154 (2nd)
1969 NL  147 (3rd)
1970 NL  139 (1st)
1971 NL  141 (1st)
1972 NL  129 (2nd)
1973 NL  134 (5th)
1974 NL  137 (4th)
1975 NL  121 (4th)
1976 NL  128 (2nd)
1977 NL  135 (3rd)
1979 NL  126 (3rd)
Career  1,742 (16th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1968 NL  942 (1st)
1972 NL  735 (2nd)
1974 NL  757 (2nd)
1976 NL  651 (1st)
1977 NL  705 (3rd)
1978 NL  605 (5th)
1979 NL  619 (4th)
Career  9,249 (17th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1968 NL  102 (1st)
1969 NL  76 (4th)
1970 NL  73 (2nd)
1971 NL  59 (3rd)
1972 NL  56 (3rd)
1973 NL  61 (5th)
1974 NL  68 (5th)
1976 NL  60 (3rd)
1979 NL  68 (4th)
Career  850 (69th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1968 NL  9 (5th)
1970 NL  12 (3rd)
1971 NL  9 (5th)
1977 NL  10 (5th)
1979 NL  10 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1968 NL  10 (3rd)
1969 NL  10 (5th)
1970 NL  12 (2nd)
1971 NL  9 (5th)
1972 NL  9 (3rd)
1974 NL  16 (1st)
1975 NL  9 (3rd)
1976 NL  11 (2nd)
1977 NL  10 (5th)
1979 NL  11 (2nd)
Career  127 (28th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1968 NL  18 (1st)
1969 NL  14 (3rd)
1978 NL  12 (2nd)
1980 NL  6 (5th)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1968 NL  49 (4th)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1968 NL  44 (3rd)
1969 NL  40 (4th)
1970 NL  30 (4th)
1972 NL  31 (4th)
1975 NL  27 (4th)
1976 NL  42 (2nd)
1979 NL  45 (4th)
Career  469 (74th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1968 NL  47.3 (4th)
1969 NL  57.1 (1st)
1970 NL  48.4 (2nd)
1971 NL  41.3 (5th)
1972 NL  56.4 (1st)
1973 NL  49.1 (1st)
1974 NL  48.6 (2nd)
1975 NL  45.8 (3rd)
1976 NL  42.4 (4th)
1977 NL  39.6 (5th)
1978 NL  41.7 (4th)

Errors Committed as 1B s c a p y
1981 NL  6 (5th)

Errors Committed as 3B s c a p y
1982 NL  19 (5th)

Total Zone Runs as C s c a p y
1969 NL  4 (5th)
1970 NL  12 (1st)
1971 NL  8 (3rd)
1972 NL  12 (1st)
1973 NL  9 (1st)
1974 NL  10 (1st)
1975 NL  10 (1st)
1976 NL  12 (1st)
1978 NL  7 (4th)
1979 NL  10 (3rd)
Career  97 (7th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Cs c a p y
1968 NL  7.22 (4th)
1978 NL  7.03 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1968 NL  6.78 (5th)
1974 NL  6.02 (5th)
1978 NL  6.10 (2nd)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1968 NL  .991 (5th)
1969 NL  .992 (4th)
1971 NL  .988 (5th)
1972 NL  .992 (4th)
1973 NL  .995 (3rd)
1974 NL  .993 (2nd)
1975 NL  .989 (5th)
1976 NL  .997 (1st)
1978 NL  .989 (2nd)
1980 NL  .991 (3rd)
Career  .990 (82nd)

Total Zone Runs as 1B s c a p y
1983 NL  2 (3rd)

Youngest s c a p y
1967 NL  born 1947-12-07 (2nd)
1968 NL  born 1947-12-07 (9th)

                           
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Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 20 (107), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 93 (254), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 214 (40), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 45 (114), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (1st), 75.0 career WAR/47.1 7yr-peak WAR/61.0 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1967 19 Cincinnati Reds $5,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1968 20 Cincinnati Reds $11,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1969 21 Cincinnati Reds $23,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1971 23 Cincinnati Reds $90,000 ? 2/5/72 TSN 3/28/71 TSN HOF clip: $80,000
1973 25 Cincinnati Reds $115,000 ? 2/9/74 TSN 4/21/73 TSN: $110,000
1974 26 Cincinnati Reds $115,000 ? 2/9/74 TSN 4/6/74 TSN: $105,000
1975 27 Cincinnati Reds $175,000 ? 3/8/75 TSN
1976 28 Cincinnati Reds $200,000 ? 3/6/76 TSN
1977 29 Cincinnati Reds $235,000 ? TSN salary survey, 4/23/77
1978 30 Cincinnati Reds $400,000 ? 11/26/77 TSN 5 years/$400K per, breakdown unclear
1979 31 Cincinnati Reds $400,000 ? 11/26/77 TSN 5 years/$400K per, breakdown unclear
1980 32 Cincinnati Reds $400,000 ? 11/26/77 TSN 5 years/$400K per, breakdown unclear
1981 33 Cincinnati Reds $400,000 ? 11/26/77 TSN 5 years/$400K per, breakdown unclear
1982 34 Cincinnati Reds $400,000 ? 11/26/77 TSN 5 years/$400K per, breakdown unclear
Career to date (may be incomplete)$2,970,000
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

Name + "Statistics" Translations



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Spanish: Johnny Bench Estadísticas
French: Johnny Bench statistiques
Japanese: ジョニー・ベンチ 統計
Korean: 조니 벤치 통계
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Chinese: 強尼·班奇 數據

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