When the Reds retired Johnny Bench’s uniform No. 5, it was not the first time they had done so. In 1940, seven years before Bench was born, Cincinnati retired No. 5 in honor of another catcher, Willard Hershberger, who had died that year. But the team reactivated the number by 1942, and gave it to Bench a quarter-century later.

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  1. EricTW

    I think Chad bought the same MLB day calendar that I did 🙂

    I was shocked to see that…I had no knowledge of that fact before seeing it in the calendar.

    I also like the fact that two days later, they had the stat that Adam Dunn has a OBP of .833 and a SLG of 3.000 as a pinch hitter in 2003 🙂