Saturday, April 22, 2017

NICKNAMES OF THE 1970'S: "THE LITTLE GENERAL" JOHNNY BENCH

Here’s a long-overdue “nickname” card for the great Johnny Bench, the “Little General”, who led the Cincinnati Reds through their “Big Red Machine” juggernaut teams of the decade to consecutive World Championships in 1975-76:


Though not really the most recognized nickname of the decade in baseball, Bench was tagged with it early on when it was clear this guy was a leader as well as a natural on the diamond.
All he would go on to do is win the National league Rookie of the Year as a 20-year old in 1968, win TWO Most Valuable Player Awards by the age of 24, and win those aforementioned championships by the age of 28.
Just an incredible career that took him straight to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1989, as if there was any chance of that NOT happening!
One of the all-time great catchers regardless of era.

7 comments:

  1. Nice touch with the sillouette of the General on the bottom right!

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  2. Good nickname card. Always liked Bench. Confident with the skills to back it up, but not arrogant,

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  3. We learned quickly as kids here in Cincinnati NOT to approach Mr. Bench in public and ask him for an autograph. It could get ugly and usually did. Still, we loved watching his performance on the field.

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    1. Thanks for setting the record straight. You speak from experience. I only speak from what I saw on TV. Surprising, but like you said, his performance was worth watching.

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    3. Wow! Really? That's king of a bummer...

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  4. Pete on the other hand would actually climb into the stands at old Riverfront to have pictures taken with kids. My friend has one of him with Pete in full uniform before a game in the stands together. Sparky Anderson would stay after games until the last autograph was signed. He would say "thank you" to US after signing! He was a sweet man.

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