Perez, Tony

Atanasio Perez Rigal
Born: May 14, 1942, Ciego De Avila, Cuba
Played For: 
Cincinnati Reds (1964-1976, 1984-1986), Montreal Expos (1977-1979), Boston Red Sox (1980-1982), Philadelphia Phillies (1983)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 2000

Atanasio Tony Perez Rigal was a fixture on Cincinnati's Big Red Machine clubs of the 1970s. A native Cuban, he left a job in a Havana sugar-cane factory to sign with the Reds organization. In 1967, he notched the first of seven 100-RBI campaigns, concluding his career with 1,652 RBIs over 23 Major League seasons. Respected for his clutch hitting, he belted three home runs in the 1975 World Series, including a key two-run shot in Game 7, one of two world championships he earned.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that on July 11, 1967, Tony Perez's 15th-inning home run off future Hall of Fame pitcher Catfish Hunter propelled the National League to victory in the longest All-Star Game in history?
Tony cast a net over the entire team with his attitude. He was always up, always had a sense of humor.
Johnny Bench