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An Evening with Johnny Bench The Vowels of Success


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Thursday October 24th

Sports speaker Johnny Bench delivers a captivating how-to presentation titled “The Vowels of Success” - drawing parallels between the worlds of sports, entertainment, and civic involvement.

Johnny Bench was born in Oklahoma, in 1947. Bench’s childhood dream was to become a Major League baseball player, and his father counseled that the position of catcher was the most direct route to that goal. Taking that advice, he became a catcher and was selected in the 1965 amateur draft by the Cincinnati Reds and signed with them. After two seasons in the minors, Bench made Cincinnati’s Major League roster for the 1968 season. This marked the beginning of one of the most successful careers in baseball history.

This MVP’s honors include his election into the Baseball Hall of Fame, being named the National League Rookie of the Year, being a 14-time All-Star, and winner of ten Gold Gloves. Also, Bench was named the 16th greatest player of all time by the Sporting News in 1998.

However, Bench is much more than just a ballplayer. As a sports broadcaster, author, philanthropist, and Emmy® Award winner - not to mention one of the greatest Major League Baseball catchers in history - Johnny Bench is a symbol of winning through hard work and teamwork.

In addition to making regular appearances on ESPN and FOX Sports and hosting his daily in-season radio show on the Reds Radio Network, Bench has sung with the Cincinnati Pops, authored books, and hosted the Emmy®-Award winning instructional show, “The Baseball Bunch.”

There will be a Q & A following the presentation.

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