Product Description & Features
- MLB.com Exclusive
- This two ball set commemorates two of the Reds greatest players, Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan have eached hand signed a baseball that comes along with a Double Glass Baseball Case.
- Each baseball comes with a Steiner Sports Certificate of Authenticity.
Joe Morgan is widely considered among the greatest second basemen in the history of baseball. After 9 productive seasons for the Astros, Morgan was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in 1971. It was in Cincinnati that his career flourished. He was a key member of the famous "Big Red Machine" that won back-to-back titles in 1975 and 1976 – winning NL MVP honors both seasons. A 10-time All-Star, Morgan won 5 Gold Glove Awards and had his #8 retired by the Reds. He was elected into baseball's Hall of Fame in 1990 and currently works as a baseball analyst for ESPN. In spring training of 1968, Ted Williams autographed a baseball To Johnny Bench, a Hall of Famer for sure. Bench met expectations quickly by catching a rookie-record 154 games that season, setting a record for catchers with 40 doubles, and becoming the first catcher to win National League Rookie of the Year honors. He went on to become the National League's dominant catcher for nearly a decade and a half. Bench batted either fourth or fifth for the Big Red Machine team that dominated the National League in the 1970s and won six division titles, four pennants, and two World Series. From 1970 to 1977, Cincinnati players won six of eight MVP awards; Bench won two of them. The first came in 1970 following his league-leading 45 home runs and 148 RBI, all-time records for catchers. He won ten straight Gold Glove Awards and set a NL record by catching at least 100 games in each of his first 13 seasons. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility and was inducted in 1989.
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