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Benny Bengough

Born: July 27, 1898(1898-07-27)
Niagara Falls, New York
Died: December 22, 1968 (aged 70)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
May 18, 1923 for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
September 24, 1932 for the St. Louis Browns
Career statistics
Batting average     .255
Hits     287
RBI     108
Career highlights and awards
  • World Series champion in 1923, 1927, and 1928

Bernard Oliver "Benny" Bengough (July 27, 1898 – December 22, 1968) was a major league baseball catcher who played for ten seasons for the New York Yankees and St. Louis Browns. He was born in Niagara Falls, New York. In his playing days, he stood 5'7½" (174.5 cm) tall, weighed 170 pounds (77 kg), and threw and batted right-handed.

Benny spent most of his career as a platoon or backup catcher. But he did have the distinction of playing on the original "Bronx Bombers" club, with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, from 1923 to 1930.

After retiring as a player, Bengough managed in the New York Yankees minor league organization, and coached in the Major Leagues for the Washington Senators (1940-43), Boston Braves (1945), and Philadelphia Phillies (1946-58). Bengough, the longtime third-base coach for the Phillies, used to entertain fans from the coaching box by removing his cap to reveal his bald head and then running his fingers through his "hair."[1] Bengough was relieved of his Phillies coaching duties on April 11, 1959 and worked for the organization in public relations.[2]

He died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, of a heart attack at age 70.


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