A biography of the outstanding catcher who led the Cincinnati Reds to four National League pennants and two World Series victories in the 1970s.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 3-5-- A review of the career of the outstanding catcher of the Cincinnati Reds who won two Most Valuable Player awards and was named to the National League All-Star team 13 times. Shannon covers the development of Bench's talent from his early years in Binger, Oklahoma through his time with the Reds franchise. Documenting the highlights and adversities of Bench's ball-playing, Shannon emphasizes the two ingredients that made him great: a desire to succeed and excellent work habits. Excellent black-and-white photographs are included. This is not a comprehensive biography on Bench, as there is little on his philosphy and attitude toward baseball and on those individuals who were influential to him and his successes, but baseball enthusiasts will enjoy it. Shannon's informative, clear, and simple style will also keep readers' attention. --Bruce Lee Siebers, Free Lib . of Philadelphia
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