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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.
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No living names among Baseball Hall of Fame inductees

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., July 29 (UPI) -- The Baseball Hall of Fame in New York state said the latest induction marked the first time since 1965 that all inductees were deceased.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.
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Molina, Teixeira lead Gold Glove honorees

Molina, Teixeira lead Gold Glove honorees

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina and New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira have each been voted their fifth Rawlings Gold Glove Award.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011.
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Clemente named to all-time defensive team

PITTSBURGH, June 18 (UPI) -- The late Pittsburgh Pirate Roberto Clemente is set to be honored Saturday as a member of the Rawlings Gold Glove All-Time baseball team.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Dec. 7, 2007.
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Today is Wednesday, Dec. 7, the 341st day of 2005 with 24 to follow.
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Today is Tuesday, Dec. 7, the 342nd day of 2004 with 24 to follow.
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Cincinnati not to re-sign Larkin

CINCINNATI, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- The Cincinnati Reds have decided not to re-sign veteran shortstop Barry Larkin.

MLB: Cincinnati 8, Chicago Cubs 3

CHICAGO, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- D'Angelo Jimenez, Darren Bragg and Adam Dunn each had two-run homers Tuesday to power the Cincinnati Reds to an 8-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Speeches are big business for many

BOSTON, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who charges $350,000 per speech, is the most expensive speaker in the world, but relatively unknowns can make a living.

Rose not invited to Reds' big gala

CINCINNATI, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- The Cincinnati Reds are making plans for their Hall of Fame and Museum gala -- but Pete Rose isn't invited.

MLB: New York Mets 3, Detroit 2

NEW YORK, June 18 (UPI) -- Mike Cameron homered with two out in the ninth Friday night as the New York Mets rallied for a 3-2 win over Detroit.
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Johnny Bench
National Baseball Hall of Fame members Johnny Bench (R) and Sparky Anderson make their way on stage just before induction ceremonies for new members Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice smile in Cooperstown, New York on July 26, 2009. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Johnny Lee Bench (born December 7, 1947) is a former American Major League Baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967 to 1983. He is widely regarded as being among the greatest catchers in baseball history. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.

Bench, a 14-time All-Star selection and the National League's Most Valuable Player in the 1970 and 1972 seasons, was a key member of the "The Big Red Machine", the Reds teams of the 1970s which won six division titles and World Series championships in 1975 and 1976.

Johnny Bench played baseball and basketball and was class valedictorian at Binger High School in Binger, Oklahoma, formerly known as Hoss Spit Flats. His father told him that he felt that the fastest route to becoming a major leaguer was as a catcher. Bench was drafted thirty-sixth overall by the Cincinnati Reds in the second round of the 1965 amateur draft and was called up in August 1967. He hit .163, but impressed many with his defense and strong throwing arm. Among them: Hall of Famer Ted Williams. Williams signed a baseball for him which predicted that the young catcher would be "A Hall of Famer for sure!"

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