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From Behind the Plate Hardcover – 1972

ISBN-13: 978-0133314540 ISBN-10: 0133314545 Edition: First

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice-Hall; First edition (1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0133314545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0133314540
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,776,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Von Pein on November 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
From strictly a literary standpoint, there is not altogether a great deal of substance contained within "From Behind The Plate by Johnny Bench". It's more akin to a coffee-table style picture book, with minimal text passages. If you want a more detailed look at the life of the Hall-Of-Fame catcher, you might want to seek out the book "Catch You Later: The Autobiography Of Johnny Bench" (authored by Bench and William Brashler), which was published in 1979, four years before Johnny retired.

But, despite the lack of a wealth of written narrative, "From Behind The Plate" (which was photographed in 1971 and 1972), is one of my all-time favorite baseball-themed books. Much of this praise is due to a rather sentimental attachment I have to this particular publication. It was late 1972. I was 10 years old. My favorite baseball team was the Cincinnati Reds. And my favorite player was Johnny Bench. And every time I walked past a certain bookstore in my hometown, what do you think I saw in the display window? It was this book, "From Behind The Plate", featuring a great action shot of Johnny grittily sliding into home plate at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium.

I became fascinated by this book. I simply HAD to have it. But for a ten-year-old, the asking price of $7.95 (plus tax) -- a paltry sum for a first-run hardcover publication by today's standards -- was still a bit on the steep side. Therefore, I kept hoping I would get the book as a Christmas gift. Remember the agony of waiting for Christmas Day to arrive? Well, in December 1972, the excited anticipation I felt was doubled because of this obsession over this Johnny Bench book.

December 25, 1972, finally did arrive, and I did, indeed, receive this book as a gift that Christmas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 26, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book was written early in Bench's career and is a fun look at his humble beginnings and clean cut life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book gives an excellent prospective of the baseball life and the personal life of Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench. Each page is filled with b/w photographs of Bench on the road, on the field, in the clubhouse, with his family and friends, and his hometown of Binger, OK. It is literally a "snapshot" in time of Bench's season with narrative for each photo by Bench himself.
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