On This Date 5/9/1973

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Johnny Bench of the Cincinnati Reds has one of the best games of his career, smacking three home runs and collecting seven RBI off Steve Carlton as the Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-7 at Veteran’s Stadium. Bench tormented Carlton throughout his career, batting .305 in 128 at-bats with 12 home runs. Both Hall of Fame players were among the best players in the decade of the 1970s.