Cincinnati Reds catcher’s jersey sells for $116,000 at auction

June 1974; Cincinnati, OH, USA; FILE PHOTO; Cincinnati Reds catcher Johnny Bench (5) in action during the 1974 season at Riverfront Stadium.

A jersey worn by Cincinnati Reds catcher Johnny Bench sold at auction this weekend for more than $100,000. 

Officials at Grey Flannel Auctions said the 1970 game-worn home jersey sold for $116,924 Saturday night. Bench, a Hall of Fame catcher during the Big Red Machine era, was named as a catcher to the Major League Baseball All-Century team in 2000. Bidding began at $10,000.

A 1970 Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds game-worn jersey sold for $116,924 over the weekend.

Officials at Grey Flannel Auctions said Bench’s jersey features a “REDS” team logo on the left chest. On the right chest and on the back is the player number “5.”

Across the back reads the player name “BENCH.”

"These all are done in red tackle twill sewn directly into the white flannel jersey. Great use is seen on the shoulders where the chest protector was worn and where Bench’s catcher's gear would clip on the sides," officials said. 

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