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Oklahoma’s Johnny Bench Named One of Four Greatest Living Baseball Players

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Binger, Oklahoma’s Johnny Bench was named one of the four greatest living baseball players before the Major League Baseball All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 14, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Bench was joined by Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Sandy Koufax as the four greatest living players.

The four were voted on by fans in an on-line vote to promote the All-Star Game.

Fans also voted on each MLB team’s greatest four players of all time, and Bench was among the four Cincinnati Reds players, along with Joe Morgan, Pete Rose, and Barry Larkin.

Three other Oklahoma related players were among an MLB team’s top four players.

Oklahoma City’s Joe Carter made the list for the Toronto Blue Jays, Hartshorne’s Warren Spahn for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, and Earlsboro native Willie Stargell for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Bench was a two-time National League Most  Valuable Player, a 14-time All-Star, and helped the Reds to four N.L. pennants, and two World Series championships, in 1975 and ’76.

He is widely considered one of, if not the greatest, catcher in baseball history.