Oklahoma' own Johnny Bench
Johnny Lee Bench had a remarkable baseball career that can be measured by the opening line on his Hall of Fame plaque, "Johnny Bench redefined standards by which catchers are measured during his seventeen seasons with 'Big Red Machine'." Bench, born on December 7, 1947, in Oklahoma City, grew up in Binger, Oklahoma. He excelled in athletics, achieving All-State honors in basketball and baseball for Binger High School. Idolizing another Oklahoma baseball legend, Mickey Mantle, Bench would later receive the same admiration from a new generation of Oklahoma baseball fans.