Johnny Bench is widely considered the best catcher of all time and deservedly so – the guy could do it all – hit, hit for power, throw runners out, block the plate, call a good game, the list goes on and on.
Not only was he good, but he was one of the coolest guys on the field… I could just picture him hopping into a muscle car after the game and heading out to a drag race.
This painting captures a play at the plate… Johnny Bench just tagged Blue Moon Odom out and simultaneously gives him the out signal at the same time as the umpire making the call.
His expression is kind of like, “Of course he’s out, I’m Johnny MotherF*@!&%! Bench!”