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BASEBALL – Bench raises two million at auction

Personal heirlooms of Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench were auctioned for nearly $ 2 million.

The sale, which involved in-person and online bidding, wrapped up Saturday at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory in Kentucky, not far from where Bench played many games of his brilliant career with the Cincinnati Reds.

The receiver played 17 seasons in the Major Leagues and was selected 14 times to the All-Star Game.

David Hunt, president of Hunt Auctions, said the bids far exceeded pre-sale estimates.

The ring and trophy Bench received for winning the 1976 World Series sold for $ 146,875 each. His 1975 World Series ring reached 135,125. The “Great Red Machine” title trophy for that year was auctioned for $ 88,125. Bench’s plaque for being the National League Most Valuable Player in 1970 fetched a price of $ 135,125. The Reds jersey he wore at home in 1983 sold for $ 105,750.

Bench, who will turn 73 in December, told The Associated Press last month that he planned to use the money raised to fund the education of his youngest children. The former player resides in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, with his sons Bobby, 30; Justin, 14, and Josh, 11.

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