- 1B, 2B, 3B, DH
- May 14, 1942
- 6' 2"
- 175 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 7-26-1964 with CIN
- Allstar Selections:
- 1967 AsMVP, 1980 LG
- Hall of Fame:
Slugger Tony Perez was one of baseball's most popular players over a 23-year major league career. His greatest fame came as a vital member of Cincinnati's powerful "Big Red Machine" during the 1970s. His home run in Game Seven of the 1975 World Series helped lead the Reds to the title. "Big Dog" was traded to the Expos after the '76 championship season, and the Reds dynasty was all but over.
"On the field we [the Big Red Machine], were a family. We worked together and worked at playing the game."
Playing 153 games at third base for the Reds in 1970, Perez exploded for 40 home runs and 129 RBI. Teaming with Bench (who won the MVP), he formed a fearsome right-handed tandem as Cincinnati rolled to 70 wins in their first 100 games - a ML record. Perez also scored 107 runs, rapped out 186 hits, batted .317, and walked 83 times.
From August 8-20, 1973, Tony Perez collected exactly two hits in eleven consecutive games. He hit .468 (22-for-47) with one homer and 11 RBI during the stretch.
March 12, 1960: Signed by the Cincinnati Reds as an amateur free agent. December 16, 1976: Traded by the Cincinnati Reds with Will McEnaney to the Montreal Expos for Woodie Fryman and Dale Murray. It is not an exaggeration when historians cite this trade as the demise of the Big Red Machine. The Reds thought Dan Driessen woul fill Perez's shoes, but of course, he couldn't. November 1, 1979: Granted Free Agency. November 16, 1979: Signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox. November 1, 1982: Released by the Boston Red Sox. January 31, 1983: Signed as a Free Agent with the Philadelphia Phillies. December 6, 1983: Purchased by the Cincinnati Reds from the Philadelphia Phillies. November 8, 1984: Granted Free Agency. April 10, 1985: Signed as a Free Agent with the Cincinnati Reds. November 12, 1985: Granted Free Agency. January 20, 1986: Signed as a Free Agent with the Cincinnati Reds.
Driving in runs
His throwing arm was somewhat erratic.
Perez drove in at least 90 runs in 11 consecutive seasons, from 1967-1977.
Major League RBI Leaders, (1967-1977)
Tony Perez... 1,119 Johnny Bench... 1,038 Lee May... 1,034 Carl Yastrzemski... 984 Willie Stargell... 959
Perez split from former Big Red Machine teammates Joe Morgan and Johnny Bench, and supported the induction of Pete Rose into the Hall of Fame. Morgan demanded that Rose apologize and admit he did wrong, Bench (who never was a big fan of Rose), felt stronger - believing his former teammate should be barred from the shrine forever... In 1985, in his second stint with the Reds, at the age of 43, Perez played for Pete Rose and batted .328 with six homers and 33 RBI in 183 at-bats as a part-time first baseman and pinch-hitter.
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