Facts of Johnny Bench Biography
|Occupation||Professional baseball catcher, Author|
|Spouse||Lauren Baiocchi (m. 2004), Laura Cwikowski (m. 1987–1995) Vickie Chesser (m. 1975–1976)|
|Education||Binger-Oney High School|
|Place of birth||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States|
|Height||5 Feet 9 Inch|
Johnny Bench is a retired professional baseball catcher. He is widely known for playing in the Major Leagues for the Cincinnati Reds and a part of the "National Baseball Hall of Fame".
Johnny Bench married thrice till now. Firstly, he married Vickie Chesser in 1975. Later he married Laura Cwikowski in 1987 and afterward, he tied the knot with Elizabeth Benton in 2004 but separated after few years.
Johnny Bench Early Life & Education
Johnny Lee Bench was born on 7th December 1947, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He grew up in the small city of Binger. He is the son of a truck driver, and one-time semi-professional baseball player and a homemaker mother. Johnny has four siblings.
Johnny was a serious student, earning good grades in high school, and he played both baseball and basketball, for a time preferred basketball. He had big paws and feet and was capable of catching a basketball or operating seven baseballs in one hand.
Johnny was recognized as a fastball pitcher, but he also learned the role of catcher as his father advised. "When I wasn't playing I was watching games, just eating and living and breathing sports," Bench recalled in his autobiography, Catch You Later.
Johnny Bench Baseball Career
Johnny was playing against boys several years older in American Legion baseball at the age of 15. In 1965 on a back trip from an out-of-town baseball game, the holes on the Binger Bobcat team bus failed.
At a crossing, the bus jumped flipped over the rail and rolled down an incline toward a ravine. Bench hit the floor and stuck in the bottom of the seat. When the bus stopped flowing, his feet were dangling out the back door, and two teammates rested dead on the hill. This incident sobered Bench, and he assigned to it a reticence in making friends later in life.
Johnny was given college scholarships to play both basketball or baseball, and he was chosen by the 'Cincinnati Reds organization.' Bench represented in the minor leagues in Tampa, Florida and the following year played Class A ball in the Carolina League. At this time he began wearing his batting helmet backward while he caught to protect his head from foul tips and backswings.
Johnny made his major league debut on 28th August 1967 and titled National League "Rookie of the Year." Later in his career, Johnny was disturbed by bad knees and became the Reds' third baseman in 1982. He left baseball following the 1983 season.
He was chosen to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility (1988). An avid golfer, Johnny gives a lot of his free time on the golf course. He has played in some events on the Senior PGA Tour.
Johnny Bench Married, Dating, Divorce, & Children
Johnny Bench has a great name and fame in this career. Like his professional life, his private life did not reach a high. In fact, he is a married man and father of three children as well as divorce man.
Johnny Bench was married to Vickie Chesser on 21st February 1975, but after living together around one year, the couple divorced in 1976.
Then, he married Laura Cwikowski on 19th December 1987, but the couple ended their relationship on 17th November 1995.
After his divorce from his second wife Laura, he married his third wife, Elizabeth Benton. The couple has been married since 1st February 2004. As a loving spouse, the couple welcomed their first child named Justin Bench in 2006.
However, their marriage relationship did not peak high, and as a result, they separated, but their divorce case is not finalized yet. Johnny Bench has two children named Bobby and Joshua from his previous marriage.
Johnny Bench Earning, Income, Salary, & Net Worth
Johnny Bench earned a good sum of money in his career. He won the National League Rookie of the Year Award. Moreover, he also won the National League MVP Award in 1970 and 1972 and the MVP Award in 1976. He has achieved several victories in several matches and tournaments through which he receives a decent amount of money.
Allocating information from several sources as of 2018 it is found out that his current net worth is estimated to be around $5 million.