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Johnny Bench Honored in Binger

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Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench was back in his hometown of Binger, Oklahoma, on Sunday, 50 years after leaving to pursue one of the greatest careers in the the history of baseball.

Bench had his #5 jersey retired by Binger-Oney High School, which in Bench’s days was just Binger High School.

He also signed autographs and was there to help raise funds for Binger-Oney’s baseball team.

Bench was drafted in the second round by the Cincinnati Reds in 1965, and went on to become a 14-time All-Star and first ballot hall of famer.

He helped the Reds to World Series titles in 1975 and 1976, leading the Big Red Machine as one of the greatest catchers ever.

Bench is 67 now, and was also back in Binger for his 50th high school reunion.