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American Valor Podcast: MLB Veteran Doug Flynn on Baseball, Big Red Machine, Community Service

Mr. Doug Flynn is the latest person to join the American Valor Podcast!

Doug Flynn grew up playing several sports in Lexington, Kentucky. He attended the University of Kentucky and Somerset Community College before playing 11 seasons in Major League Baseball for the New York Mets, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds, Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers. Mr. Flynn was a member of the 1975 Big Red Machine team that won the World Series. He is currently a broadcaster for the Cincinnati Reds and actively supports service men and women through multiple non-profit organizations, including Hope for the Warriors (supporting injured veterans and their families) at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, USACares (supporting family members of military personnel) and Save the Warriors (supporting veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder/PTSD).

Mr. Flynn speaks about his blessed childhood growing up in Kentucky and the impact of playing several sports including basketball and baseball at the University of Kentucky. He shares stories of trying out for the Cincinnati Reds and his tribulations rising through the team’s minor league system before playing with the Big Red Machine and National Baseball Hall of Fame managers Sparky Anderson and Joe Torre in his Major League career. Doug shares lessons learned from some of the greatest coaches and players of his generation.

Doug preaches playing for the team name on the front of the jersey rather than the name on the back and speaks to the importance of community involvement, sharing stories of his support for service men and women, often with his good friend National Baseball Hall of Famer and Bob Feller Award recipient Mr. Johnny Bench. Hear Mr. Flynn’s thoughts on the current state of the game of baseball and his experience of going on tour with the Oak Ridge Boys during the 1981 Major League Baseball players’ strike.

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Baseball and Military on the American Valor Podcast

Recently on the American Valor Podcast: coach Paul Kostacopoulos, Reds legend Johnny Bench and the 70th Secretary of the Navy the Honorable John H. Dalton. Future episodes include Naval Academy graduate and former Cardinals pitcher Mitch Harris, the 15th Force Master Chief of the Navy Reserve CJ Mitchell, Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda and Vice Admiral Jay Donnelly! Released every other Monday, the American Valor Podcast can be found on most podcast platforms.

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American Valor Podcast: National Baseball Hall of Famer Mr. Johnny Bench

In episode number nine on the American Valor Podcast, Tyler Buchholz and Nathaniel Cameron have the privilege of speaking to the greatest catcher to ever live, Mr. Johnny Bench. Mr. Bench discusses his upbringing in Oklahoma, which was the inspiration for his values of hard work that he learned from his parents, as his father served in the Army during World War II. Mr. Bench and the team spoke about the fulfillment of his lifelong dream of being a Major League Baseball catcher at the age of 19 and eventually winning two World Series with the Big Red Machine. In 1989, his father was proud to be present at Mr. Bench’s induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Mr Bench served for six years in the Army Reserves while playing professional baseball and was named the 2018 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award recipient from the Hall of Fame. Mr Bench supports Hope for the Warriors, a national non-profit organization aiding combat wounded service members, their families and families of those killed in action. On the American Valor Podcast, Mr. Bench chats about his travels around the world with Bob Hope, playing for Cincinnati Reds and Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson, traits of a leader, his definition of valor, personal vowels for success and catching every ball thrown one’s way, in baseball and in life.


Act of Valor Award Recipient Mr. Johnny Bench on Hall of Fame, Act of Valor Patriot Program

The podcast team of Nathaniel Cameron and Tyler Buchholz had the privilege of sitting down with the greatest catcher to ever live, class of 1989 National Baseball Hall of Fame member Johnny Bench. Previewing the Hall of Fame weekend festivities and the Foundation’s role in the Act of Valor Patriot Program, Johnny talks about the special Hall of Fame weekend in Cooperstown and his longstanding relationship with Jerry Coleman winner John Rose and Act of Valor Foundation President Peter Fertig. Peter, John and Retired Command Sergeant Major and Education Chair Steve Curtis spoke at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, New York on Saturday, July 20th. Please stay tuned for the release of the full episode with 2018 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award winner Johnny Bench.

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Happy Birthday Johnny Bench

Happy birthday to 2018 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award winner Mr. Johnny Bench!  Mr. Bench served in the National Guard and supports the “Hope For the Warriors” campaign, a program geared toward enhancing the life of post 9/11 service members.

2018 Bob Feller Nominee Johnny Bench

Mr. Johnny Bench is our fourth preview of 2018 Bob Feller Act of Valor Hall of Fame Nominees!  Mr. Bench had his legendary number five retired by the Cincinnati Reds, the only team for which he played during his seventeen year career.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.  Mr. Bench served in the National Guard, being stationed at Ft. Knox Kentucky.  He has supported military personnel on multiple USO trips, as well as a visit to troops during Operation Desert Storm.  Congratulations to Mr. Johnny Bench for being nominated for the 2018 Act of Valor Award!