Baseball Greats Visit Recent Bradley Practice
Release: Sunday 10/15/2008 
by Bradley University

Two former Major League Baseball greats, Hall of Famer Johnny Bench and Andre Dawson, recently visited a Bradley Baseball practice at O’Brien Field.  Photos of their visit are available online at


Bench played 17 seasons, all with the Cincinnati Reds, and is regarded as one of the top defensive catchers in MLB history, while also putting up impressive offensive numbers.  Bench, a 10-time Gold Glove winner and 14-time All-Star, was twice voted the National League Most Valuable Player.


Dawson played 21 Major League seasons with four clubs – Montreal, Chicago Cubs, Boston and Florida.  An eight-time All-Star, Dawson was the 1977 National League Rookie of the Year for the Expos and the 1987 National League MVP for the Cubs.


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