Johnny Bench Home Run Collection - 1972 NLCS Game 5 - Game Tying Home Run in 9th Inning of Pennant Clincher: October 11, 1972
Winning Bid: $425.00
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In the any discussion of the most memorable home runs in Cincinnati Reds history, this one will always rank at our near the top of the list. The Reds trailed the Pirates by a run heading into the bottom of the ninth inning of the fifth and final game of the 1972 National League Championship Series. Three outs away from the his team's elimination and facing Dave Giusti, one of the game's top relievers, Johnny Bench strode to the plate hoping to spark a comeback. And spark it he did in most improbable fashion, belting a home run to right field to tie the game. The improbability was not that Bench hit a clutch home run in a game that would determine the National League pennant, it was the fact that he hit the ball to the opposite field. The moment and the comparative oddity of a Bench home run to right were indelibly captured by Al Michaels, then the play-by-play voice of the Reds, whose call of Bench's home run and the improbable pennant-winning rally that followed, rank as some of the most unforgettable radio work in club history. Adding to the gravitas of the moment was the Pirates right fielder who stood helplessly at the outfield wall, watching the ball sail high above his head. That player was Roberto Clemente. What no one knew at the time is that this would be the last game of his career before his tragic death in a plane crash later that year. This moment had it all. In a career filled with unforgettable home runs ... 1972 NLCS Game 5, ninth inning, pennant on the line, Giusti on the mound, Michaels with the call ... this one might be the most unforgettable of them all.
Now, the Reds Hall of Fame's Johnny Bench Home Run Collection gives you the opportunity to own a one-of-a-kind commemorative of this historic home run. Bench has signed and numbered 389 baseballs representing each of his career regular season home runs. In addition, Bench has signed and inscribed baseballs representing each of his postseason and All-Star game home runs. Each Official Major League baseball in the collection features the exclusive Reds Hall of Fame Johnny Bench Collection logo and is housed in a deluxe frame that includes an elegantly designed photograph that identifies the home run. By purchasing a home run from the Collection, you become the owner of that home run in perpetuity. A personalized Certificate of Ownership accompanies each home run and the designated name of the owner of the home run is listed on the Museum's online Johnny Bench Home Run Collection database.
Don't miss this chance to have your name forever associated with one of the indelible moments in the career of Baseball's Greatest Catcher. Place your bid today!
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