Join Former Cincinnati Reds Johnny Bench at The CSA Autograph Signing Show Jul 17

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CHANTILLY, VA – Join Former Cincinnati Reds Catcher and Hall of Famer Johnny Bench at the CSA Autograph Signing Show in Chantilly, VA. Johnny Bench is scheduled to meet and greet fans and sign autographs and memorabilia on Sunday, July 17, 2016. The event will take place at the Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center Chantilly, VA 20151. Source: CSA Shows ... Read More

MLB Legend Johnny Bench Named Keynote Speaker at 2015 IBEX

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Baseball legend Johnny Bench was the keynote speaker at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference breakfast Sept 15th where Bench spoke on the “Vowels of Success” offering an inspirational framework for industry members and touched the bases of action that he encourages people to follow on the path to success. action that he encourages people to follow on the path to success. Source: Trade Only Today.

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Johnny Bench, Jim Tressel Named Speakers at 2015 YSU Baseball First Pitch Breakfast

YOUNGSTOWN, OH. — Former Cincinnati Reds catcher, Johhny Bench and Youngstown State University president Jim Tressel have been named the featured speakers at the 2015 YSU Baseball First Pitch Breakfast scheduled to take place on Saturday, January 17, 2015.  Location: Blue Wolf Events at The Maronite Center on Meridian Road in Youngstown. General admission tickets are $25 apiece, and reserved priority tables for groups of eight are available for $400. Corporate packages, which also includes two tickets for dinner with the speakers the night before, are available for $700. Source: Youngstown State University.

Photo shows YSU president, Jim Tressel (L) and former Reds catcher, Johnny Bench (R) who will appear  as the featured speakers at the 2015 YSU Baseball First Pitch Breakfast.


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Baseball Legend Johnny Bench to Sign Autographs at CSA Autograph & Memorabilia Show in Chantilly, VA

CHANTILLY, VA. — Former Cincinnati Reds catcher, Johnny Bench, will appear at the CSA Autograph & Memorabilia Show at Dulles Expo Center at the Chantilly Shopping Center in Chantilly, VA. The CSA show is a three day event from July 11-13, 2014. Bench will appear on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 11:45am-1:00pm.

Photo shows former Reds catcher, Johnny Bench, speaking to the iBaseball Channel about his life and career.

Photo shows former Reds catcher, Johnny Bench, speaking to the iBaseball Channel about his career.

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Baseball All Star Games Favorite Moments

Of all the All-Star games, I enjoy watching baseball’s version the best. I’ve been fortunate to attend eight of the Mid-Summer Classics. It’s very exciting to see all of the current stars on the field at once.

Nothing will compare to last year’s All Star game in New York, which will go down in history as one of the all-time greats. First of all, anytime you have a big event in New York, it’s going to be special. Secondly, the night was filled with tributes to Yankee Stadium, which was being closed at season’s end to make room for the new ballpark next door. Lastly, the game was an absolute classic with the American League defeating the National League, 4-3, in 15 innings. The game took 4 hours, 50 minutes and was the longest All-Star Game in history.

Commissioner Bud Selig and Major League Baseball have attempted to make the game relevant by giving home-field advantage during the World Series to the winning league. Back in the day, the game was full of intensity and it really meant something to the winning players. Over time, the game’s importance diminished as it became more of a show than a game. You hear a lot of debate as to whether this is good or not. Personally, I think it would be more fair to give the team with the best record home-field advantage but I don’t have much of an issue since it’s brought a bit of intensity back to the game.

A few of my favorite moments from previous All-Star games…

1) In 1970, Pete Rose, playing at home in Cincinnati, attempted to score but had to get past catcher Ray Fosse. The ensuing collision not only helped solidify Rose’s reputation as “Charlie Hustle”, it had the unfortunate consequence of injuring Fosse’s shoulder. Rose was called safe at home and the National League won the thriller, 5 -4. Fosse went onto play nine more seasons but was never the same.

2) In 2001, Cal Ripken Jr. played in the last of his 19 All-Star games. The game was basically a Cal Ripken lovefest. In the third inning, Ripken made his first plate appearance and was greeted with a standing ovation. Ripken then homered off the first pitch from Chan Ho Park and ended up with All Star MVP honors.

3)  In 1999, baseball honored the All-Century Team prior to the game at Fenway Park, with such greats on-hand as Mike Schmidt, Brooks Robinson, Bob Gibson and Johnny Bench. However, the highlight of the evening occurred when the great Ted Williams was driven out to home plate and threw out the first pitch with the help of Tony Gwynn.

Will this year’s game produce any classic moments? I can’t guarantee that. However, St. Louis is rolling out the red carpet and, at the very least, I’m sure the pre-game ceremony will produce a goose-bump moment or two. Plus, Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols is having one of the greatest years in the history of baseball, so I assume he’s going to be a big part of the game and broadcast.

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