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    "Chief" Bender Retires

    Reds honor retiring 'Chief'
    01/13/2006 12:04 PM ET By Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com

    The Reds are hailing their Chief.

    The club hosted a private luncheon Friday afternoon for Sheldon "Chief" Bender, who is retiring after 64 years in baseball.

    Chief spent the last 39 years with the Reds' organization in their scouting and player development departments. He was the team's farm director for 23 seasons, from 1967-89. Among the players he helped develop were Johnny Bench, Dave Concepcion, Ken Griffey Sr., Don Gullett, Mario Soto, Ron Oester, Tom Browning, Paul O'Neill, Chris Sabo, Eric Davis and Barry Larkin.

    Bender's contributions to the organization were so large that in 2001, the Reds named their Minor League Player of the Year Award after him.

    In December 1988, Bender was named the "King of Baseball" by the National Association for his longtime service and dedication to the game.

    Bender played and managed in the Minor Leagues for 12 seasons and was in the St. Louis Cardinals' organization from 1948-66. A veteran of World War II, Bender earned a Purple Heart for his service.

    As a special sendoff to the Chief, the Reds have announced that a duplicate of the commemorative bat given to Bender by Louisville Slugger will be put on display in the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum's front office exhibit.

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    Re: "Chief" Bender Retires

    Sad to see him go.
    Go Gators!

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    Re: "Chief" Bender Retires

    I would retire right now if I were him too. No need to let the idiocy of the rest of the front office tarnish his image he's spent the last half century creating.

    Sad to see him go but he's had a great legacy with the team and a long list of great players signed to his credit.

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    Truly awesome man. I've met him many times and he is always classy and loves to talk about the inner workings of the business. His wife just passed away recently and Chief was ready to move on. He will always work for the Reds though, somehow someway.
    This is the time. The real Reds organization is back.

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    Yeah, he's an old school legend.
    Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?

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    Re: "Chief" Bender Retires

    Quote Originally Posted by RFS62
    Yeah, he's an old school legend.
    Last guy in the pool from The Howsam Party.

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    Great guy. Always willing to talk. He's forgotten more Baseball than most of us will ever know.
    It's absolutely pathetic that people can't have an opinion from actually watching games and supplementing that with stats. If you voice an opinion that doesn't fit into a black/white box you will get completely misrepresented and basically called a tobacco chewing traditionalist...
    Cedric 3/24/08

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