On August 28, 1967

Nineteen-year-old Johnny Bench made his major league debut in a 3-2 loss to the Phillies at Crosley Field. He was hitless in three trips to the plate before being lifted for pinch-hitter Chico Ruiz in the ninth inning with two outs and the tying run on second base. Ruiz becomes the only major leaguer ever to pinch-hit for Johnny Bench. The 28 year-old Cuban infielder, with a runner on second, flies out to left field, standing in for the future Hall of Famer, who goes 0-for-3 in his first big league game.

 


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