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Cincinnati Reds: Top 5 catchers over the last 50 years

COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 27: Hall of FamerJohnny Bench is introduced during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Clark Sports Center on July 27, 2014 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 27: Hall of FamerJohnny Bench is introduced during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Clark Sports Center on July 27, 2014 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 14: Tucker Barnhart #16 of the Cincinnati Reds hits a two run home run in the sixth inning pitches during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on August 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Who are the Top 5 catchers to play for the Cincinnati Reds over the last 50 years?

The Cincinnati Reds have a storied legacy. As the first professional sports franchise in the United  States, their history goes back over a century. The Reds have been fortunate enough to maintain the services of some of baseball’s greatest players to ever lace ’em up. Tony Perez, Joey Votto, Dave Concepcion and Barry Larkin are just of few names that come to mind.

Most Reds fans fondly remember The Big Red Machine of the 1970’s, Tom Browning‘s perfect game in 1988, Pete Rose‘s 4,192nd hit and the miracle run of the 1990 Reds team that swept the heavily-favored Oakland A’s despite the loss of their star Eric Davis to injury.

The Reds have had some amazingly talented backstops over the years. Players like Ernie Lombardi and Bubbles Hargrave hung the signs for Reds pitchers back in the 1920s and 1930s. Ivey Wingo, a name most of Reds Country has never heard, actually racked up 60 triples in his 13-year big league career.

Johnny Bench will undoubtedly find himself at No. 1 on this list, as he’s arguably the best Reds’ player to ever play the game. However, the other four catchers on the list will be difficult to nail down. Let’s take a look back over the last 50 years (1969 – 2018) to see who are the Top 5 catchers for the Reds.

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