Mike Mets thought so highly of Butch Benton that they turned down a big trade for him; I forget who was supposed to be involved.
Mets kept him, but gave up on another catcher named Jody Davis who averaged 15-25 homers for the Cubs for about 10 years.
March 1, 2005 Butch Benton was solid defensively and made great contact. I guess he had a ration of bad luck.
July 21, 2007 I played with Butch in Marion, Va in 75 and Wausau, Wisconsin in 76. Me, him and 3 other guys boarded in an old victorian in Marion. That first year and a half he was a pretty cocky guy. Then he got married and got real religious. I think that scared some "higher up" people. Butch was a big, strong armed guy who could hit. I was surprised he didn't have a long career in the bigs.
May 29, 2011 Butch, I know you will not remember me. But I remember when you lived in Wichita, KS. playing for the Aeros in 1983-1984 time frame and you were our catcher. I remember the day your family moved back to the St. Petersburg/Tampa area. I was disappointed that you did not return the following season. Your in-laws drove from Florida to move your family back to Florida. I remember a couple of things about your family: 1. Your family were Christians and your in-laws raised greyhounds for dog racing. I hope everything is well with you and your family.
Lonny Achey formerly of Wichita, now a resident of Santa Barbara
August 29, 2013 I noticed all of the comments here about Butch. I know him from his Godby High School days. He still lives in Florida and has been remarried for a while to a sweet lady, and is very happy. They have a son together and he does a lot with Major League Alumni events. He is also a golf pro and runs a nice club near Orlando. I went to a few of his games when he played and always thought he had a lot of talent. He was a great athlete just never seemed to catch a break from the management. Still see him from time to time. He is a great guy and really in love with his wife. I wish Butch the best.