Johnny Bench might have the greatest friend in the world in Alan Horwitz.
According to The Action Network’s Darren Rovell, the former Cincinnati Reds star put several of his memorabilia items up for auction to help pay for his two sons to go to college. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)
The items included his Rookie of the Year Gold Glove, the bat he used for his final home run, two championship rings and more. When it was all said and done, the items sold for more than a million dollars.
Unreal story here.
Alan Horwitz (@76erSixthMan) spends more than $1 million at the Johnny Bench @HuntAuctions sale in November so that he can give rings and trophies back to his lifelong friend… @JohnnyBench_5. https://t.co/wBJvpFMkGa
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) December 11, 2020
What the former Reds star didn’t know was that the man buying every single thing was his friend Horwitz, who had cut a deal with Hunt Auctions owner David Hunt to make sure he acquired every item.
What did Horwitz do with his new memorabilia after dropping more than $1 million? He donated it all back to Bench!
This might honestly be the classiest friendship move I’ve ever seen. I can’t imagine being a position where I need to sell stuff to pay for college, and I definitely can’t imagine being a superstar athlete who has to part ways with his stuff to pay for college.
“In my 30 years of being in this business, I’ve never seen something like this.”@darrenrovell on why Johnny Bench’s friend paid way over expected prices to buy all his memorabilia in an auction — only to give it back to him: https://t.co/STLtZSuxz9
— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) December 11, 2020
I’m sure most dads would do whatever is necessary to put their kids through college, but it’s a tough situation to be in.
Luckily for Bench, his friend came through in the clutch and he didn’t even know. Clearly, Horwitz is the kind of friend you can take into the trenches.
Men like that are few and far between. It reminds me of the famous scene from “The Town.”
Props to Horwitz for pulling off one of the classiest moves I’ve ever seen. It’s clear the two of them have the kind of friendship most people can’t dream of attaining.