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Hall of Famer Johnny Bench

Hall of Famer Johnny Bench entertains the crowd at Clark Sports Center during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 25, 20010 in Cooperstown, New York. (July 24, 2010 - Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images North America)

We hope a lot, because this weekend is Johnny Bench overload. Here’s a rundown of stuff going on at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum and elsewhere around town…

Johnny Bench Night
Saturday, September 17, 5:00pm

Join the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum on an historic night at Great American Ball Park as the Museum celebrates Johnny Bench Night with the unveiling of Johnny’s statue. Commissioned by the Reds Hall of Fame and made possible through the generous donations of a host fans and friends of Johnny, the statue was created by world-renowned sculptor Tom Tsuchiya who also created the statues of Ted Kluszewski, Ernie Lombardi, Joe Nuxhall and Frank Robinson that adorn the Crosley Terrace entrance to the ballpark. [More Information] [Johnny Bench Night – Hour by Hour]

Johnny Bench Book Signing (Sold out)
Saturday, September 17, 5:00pm

Johnny Bench to Sign Copies of “Catch Every Ball” on Saturday, September 17th!

Johnny Bench will visit the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday, September 17 for an exclusive book signing. The signing will take place from 3:00-4:30PM. Ticket packages for the signing are $45 for Hall of Fame members and $50 for non-members.

Packages include admission to the Reds Hall of Fame, the fifth bobblehead in the Johnny Bench bobblehead series, a copy of Johnny’s inspirational book, “Catch Every Ball: How To Handle Life’s Pitches” and a guaranteed spot in the signing line. A limited number of ticket packages are available and pre-orders are strongly encouraged. To purchase a package, please call the Hall of Fame Box Office at 513-765-7923.

A Golden Photo Opportunity
September 16-18

As part of the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum’s celebration of Johnny Bench, visitors to the museum will have a unique opportunity to have photos taken with a one-of-a-kind display of Johnny Bench’s Gold Gloves. A 10-time Gold Glove winner, nine of the Gold Glove trophies Bench was awarded during his career will be on display in addition to the trophy he received for being named to the Rawlings All-Time Gold Glove team in 2007. Each of the trophies comes from Johnny’s personal collection and this weekend marks the first time that the trophy collection has been made available for public display. The trophies will be on display during the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum’s operating hours Friday, September 16 (10:00 AM – 8:00 PM), Saturday (10:00 AM – one hour after the end of the game) and Sunday (10:00 AM – two hours after the end of the game). [More Information]

Dave Concepcion and Cesar Geronimo at Sports Gallery
Friday, September 16, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

More of Johnny’s teammates will be bringing their Gold Gloves to town. Dave and Cesar will be dropping ink on your memorabilia in exchange for reasonable amounts of cash. We’ll be headed up there to get our ’72 Topps Cesar Geronimo all done up proper. [More Information]

Joe Morgan leading the World’s Largest Chicken Dance
Saturday, September 17, 1:30pm

A lot of Johnny’s teammates will be in town this weekend. Little Joe gets his own spotlight on Saturday during Oktoberfest. Be there and be square. [More Information]

Reds player appearances around town
Saturday, September 17

Jay Bruce, Yonder Alonso and Ryan Hanigan take to the streets of Greater Cincinnati spread the Reds gospel as well as sign your baseball cards and awkwardly pose for photos. [More Information]

Saturday, September 17

It’s the last Reds TweetUp of the season. Let’s go out with a bang. See you there? [More Information]

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