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Former Olympian, Dalton Back, was the recipient of the Johnny Bench Award in 2020. Unfortunately, the 2020 high school baseball season was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions, so this award was kind of went unnoticed due to not having a baseball season.
A recent trip to the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame Museum, we found a display area dedicated to the winners of the Johnny Bench Award. Of course, we noticed our former Olympians display case and we had to share some pictures.
Once again, congrats to Dalton!
For two decades, the Johnny Bench Award was presented to college baseball’s top NCAA Division I catcher. The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission created the award in 2000, and in 2019 was brought by Johnny to the Cincinnati Reds for an expanded program.
The award now includes a top college softball winner, as well as regional, "Reds Country", high school baseball and softball honorees from Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia. All winner are recognized in the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Candidates are assembled from direct online submissions, All-State rosters, other award nominations and state athletic association recommendations. An awards committee determines a group of finalists based on statistics and support from local sources from each state. Johnny hand picks the winner.
This past year, all ten winners were invited to virtually receive their award the evening of June 24, 2020. The awards are presented by MSA Sport and Ohio’s 529 Plan CollegeAdvantage.