As the readers of this bog know by now, I have an admiration for Johnny Bench. He was a leader and class act on the field and helped his team remain at the pinnacle of the sport in the 1970’s when there was quite a bit of heavy competition.
And with all of the positives that I can go on and on about his wonderful career, I have to admit that I believe he is the reason that Billy Williams is not a 2-time Most Valuable Player and he is also probably the reason that it took Williams so long to get voted into the Hall of Fame.
The facts: Johnny Bench is a 2-time MVP award winner. His 2 wins came in 1970 and 1972. In each of those seasons, the second place player was Billy Williams.
Here is a peek at their stats during those two campaigns:
|Bench||177||0.293||45||148||97||All-Star, Gold Glove|
|Bench||145||0.270||40||125||87||All-Star, Gold Glove|
|Williams||191||0.333||37||122||95||All-Star, Batting Title|
Pretty comparable huh?? Williams was such a dynamic player that if he had been on a team with a history of winning than he may be just as heralded of a player as the great, Johnny Bench!!!