January 9, 1989: Johnny Bench is elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA. Bench was elected in his first year of eligibility and named on 96% of the ballots.

All “Reds trivia” posts come from Greg Rhodes and John Snyder’s fabulous book, “Redleg Journal” (see link for purchasing) and are used with Greg’s permission.

Thanks again to Greg Rhodes for permission to use his material.