Johnny Bench 1968 Cincinnati Reds Rookie Stars series

Johnny Bench was one of the last great role models for American boys.  In spite of being a talented athlete and super-intelligent, he was (and still is) a down-to-Earth guy

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When Johnny was in the eighth grade, he had size 12 feet, huge hands that eventually could grip six baseballs each and a self-described huge head. But he stood just 5-foot-2.  “The only people scouting me was Barnum & Bailey,” Bench cracked.  Last year, the Johnny Bench Museum opened in his hometown of Binger, Oklahoma.  Johnny joked at the time, “It ought to bring in eight to ten people a day!”

This card was issued by Monarch Corona

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