This Day in Reds History: Bench Becomes Cincy's HR King

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 17: Major League Baseball Hall of Fame Catcher Johnny Bench #5 of the Cincinnati Reds acknowledges the crowd before the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds game on September 17, 2011 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)


On this day in 1962, the Reds come back from a four run deficit to beat the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Trailing 5-1 after the sixth inning, Cincinnati rallied in the seventh for four runs. Four Reds singled in the inning while Don Pavletich doubled and Hank Foiles homered. The Cubs' defense chipped in with a pair of passed balls. The game remained tied at five until the top of the tenth. Vada Pinson singled, and Frank Robinson and Jerry Lynch walked to load the bases. Following a Gordy Coleman strikeout, Eddie Kasko crushed a Dave Gerard pitch to deep left field for a grand slam. Joey Jay closed it out in the bottom of the tenth to preserve a 9-5 victory for the Reds.

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On this day in 1968, Reds Hall of Famer Heinie Groh died in Cincinnati, OH. Groh is one of only three third basemen in the Reds Hall of Fame. Keep an eye out for more on Heinie in coming weeks.

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On this day in 1970, Johnny Bench doubled off Nolan Ryan at Shea Stadium in the top of the ninth to score Ty Cline and Bobby Tolan. Bench's double came with two outs and gave the Reds a 3-2 lead. Wayne Granger retired the Mets in order in the bottom of ninth to earn his 28th save and seal the victory for the Reds.

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On this day in 1979, Johnny Bench homered off the Expos' Stan Bahnsen in the bottom of the fourth. It was the 325th home run by Bench, making him the Reds all-time career leader in round-trippers. Frank Robinson had previously held the record with 324. The Reds won, 7-2. Bench finished his career with 389 dingers. Robinson and Bench remain the only members of the Reds' 300 home run club.

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On this day in 1991, former Red Reggie Sanders makes his major league debut. He hit leadoff for the Reds against Atlanta in Riverfront Stadium. Sanders went 0 for 4 with a strikeout as the Reds lost to the Braves, 4-1.

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