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Full Name: Atanasio (Rigal) Perez Primary Position: 1B,3B
Height/Weight: 6' 2"/175 First Game: July 26, 1964
Birthdate: May 14, 1942 Final Game: October 5, 1986
Birthplace: Camaguey, Cuba MLB Experience: 23 years
Bat/Throw: Right/Right
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Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000


Biography

Atanasio Pérez Rigal, more commonly known as Tony Pérez (born May 14, 1942 in Ciego de Ávila, Cuba), is a former player in Major League Baseball. He was also known by the nicknames "Big Dog" and "Doggie".

After playing third base in the early part of his career with the Cincinnati Reds, from 1972 onward he starred at first base. In the early part of the 1970s he was a key member of Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine". Apart from his years with the Reds (1964–76, '84-86), he also played for the Montreal Expos (1977–79), Boston Red Sox (1980–82) and Philadelphia Phillies (1983). After retiring, Pérez went on the manage with the Reds and Florida Marlins. He currently holds the title of Special Assistant to the General Manager with the Marlins.

In 2000, Pérez was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He had the honor of being elected by the Baseball Writers, garnering 385 votes on 499 ballots for a total of 77.15%, just over the three-quarters minimum required for induction.

Pèrez was one of the premier RBI men of his generation, driving in 100 or more runs seven times in his 23-year long career. In an eleven-year stretch from 1967 to 1977, Pérez drove in 90 or more runs each year, with a high of 129 RBIs in 1970. During the decade of the 1970s, Pérez was second among all major-leaguers in RBI, with 954, behind only his teammate Johnny Bench.

The 1970 campaign was his finest year, statisically: in addition to his 129 RBIs, Pérez hit .317, slugged 40 home runs and scored 107 runs. He came in third in the Most Valuable Player voting behind Willie McCovey and winner Johnny Bench, his Cincinnati Reds teammate who had one of the best offensive seasons in the history of catchers that year (.293/45/148), in addition to winning a Gold Glove.

Beginning with 1970, the Reds went to the World Series four times in seven years with Pérez as a starting player. He departed after the 1976 season (which was capped by the team's sweep of the Yankees in the World Series) for Montreal, and the Big Red Machine—considered one of baseball's all-time great teams—sputtered and never again got into the Series, reaching the playoffs but one more time in 1979. (Tany Pérez was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 1998.) At the age of 38 in 1980, he had a very good first season with the Red Sox in which he finished in the top 10 in the American League in intentional walks (11), home runs (25) and RBIs (105), and won the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award. Unfortunately, in the same season he also ranked among the top 10 in strikeouts and led all American League batters by grounding into 25 double plays, with the latter statistic illustrating his declining abilities to drive in runs. Still a feared hitter based on his reputation, Pérez also was a reserve player on the 1983 National League Champion Phillies, and batted .242 in his five World Series appearances.

Tany Pérez was a seven time All-Star who was voted the Most Valuable Player of the 1967 All-Star Game. The game, played on July 11, 1967, at Anaheim Stadium, went into 15 innings and ranks as the longest All-Star Game in history. It was Pérez's home run off future fellow Hall of Famer Catfish Hunter that propelled the National League to victory.

He finished his career with a .279 batting average, 379 home runs, 1652 RBI and 1272 runs scored.

In an article in 1976 in Esquire magazine, sportswriter Harry Stein published an "All Time All-Star Argument Starter," consisting of five ethnic baseball teams. Pérez, a Cuban, was the third baseman on Stein's Latin team.

Most people believe that Tony Perez's best season was 1970, when he slugged 40 home runs, hit for a .317 average and knocked in 129 runs.

Career Highlights

  • All-Star Games: 1967-70, 1974–76
  • World Series Champion: 1975-76

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1964 CIN N 12 25 1 2 0 1 .080 .179 .120 1 0 3 9 0 0 0 0 0
1965 CIN N 104 281 40 73 12 47 .260 .315 .466 14 4 21 67 2 2 0 5 10
1966 CIN N 99 257 25 68 4 39 .265 .304 .381 10 4 14 44 2 2 1 2 12
1967 CIN N 156 600 78 174 26 102 .290 .328 .490 28 7 33 102 4 0 0 10 15
1968 CIN N 160 625 93 176 18 92 .282 .338 .430 25 7 51 92 6 1 3 13 19
1969 CIN N 160 629 103 185 37 122 .294 .357 .526 31 2 63 131 2 3 4 7 20
1970 CIN N 158 587 107 186 40 129 .317 .401 .589 28 6 83 134 4 0 8 13 15
1971 CIN N 158 609 72 164 25 91 .269 .325 .438 22 3 51 120 1 0 4 5 13
1972 CIN N 136 515 64 146 21 90 .283 .349 .497 33 7 55 121 0 0 4 15 9
1973 CIN N 151 564 73 177 27 101 .314 .393 .527 33 3 74 117 3 0 3 10 13
1974 CIN N 158 596 81 158 28 101 .265 .331 .460 28 2 61 112 2 0 1 7 17
1975 CIN N 137 511 74 144 20 109 .282 .350 .466 28 3 54 101 3 0 1 6 12
1976 CIN N 139 527 77 137 19 91 .260 .328 .452 32 6 50 88 5 0 10 9 10
1977 MON N 154 559 71 158 19 91 .283 .352 .463 32 6 63 111 2 0 4 15 14
1978 MON N 148 544 63 158 14 78 .290 .336 .449 38 3 38 104 2 1 2 9 10
1979 MON N 132 489 58 132 13 73 .270 .322 .425 29 4 38 82 3 0 2 4 14
1980 BOS A 151 585 73 161 25 105 .275 .320 .467 31 3 41 93 1 0 1 11 25
1981 BOS A 84 306 35 77 9 39 .252 .310 .395 11 3 27 66 0 0 0 0 9
1982 BOS A 69 196 18 51 6 31 .260 .326 .444 14 2 19 48 0 0 0 3 6
1983 PHI N 91 253 18 61 6 43 .241 .316 .372 11 2 28 57 1 0 1 1 9
1984 CIN N 71 137 9 33 2 15 .241 .295 .343 6 1 11 21 0 0 0 2 8
1985 CIN N 72 183 25 60 6 33 .328 .396 .470 8 0 22 22 0 0 0 1 2
1986 CIN N 77 200 14 51 2 29 .255 .333 .355 12 1 25 25 0 0 0 2 6
Total NL 2473 8691 1146 2443 339 1477 .281 .344 .466 449 71 838 1660 42 9 48 136 228
Total AL 304 1087 126 289 40 175 .266 .318 .443 56 8 87 207 1 0 1 14 40
Total 2777 9778 1272 2732 379 1652 .279 .341 .463 505 79 925 1867 43 9 49 150 268

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1964 CIN N 1B 6 6 42 51 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .981
1965 CIN N 1B 93 66 623 525 40 6 55 0 0 0 0 0 .989
1966 CIN N 1B 75 62 517 530 23 6 46 0 0 0 0 0 .989
1967 CIN N 1B 18 17 141 134 5 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1967 CIN N 2B 1 1 6 2 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1967 CIN N 3B 139 138 1236.2 113 221 13 13 0 0 0 0 0 .963
1968 CIN N 3B 160 160 1463.1 151 343 25 33 0 0 0 0 0 .952
1969 CIN N 3B 160 160 1422 136 342 32 35 0 0 0 0 0 .937
1970 CIN N 3B 153 153 1309.1 131 286 35 34 0 0 0 0 0 .923
1970 CIN N 1B 8 4 39.2 36 6 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1971 CIN N 3B 149 148 1223.1 113 304 18 26 0 0 0 0 0 .959
1971 CIN N 1B 43 9 136.1 168 4 2 16 0 0 0 0 0 .989
1972 CIN N 1B 135 134 1187.1 1207 68 9 111 0 0 0 0 0 .993
1973 CIN N 1B 151 150 1294.2 1318 85 13 131 0 0 0 0 0 .991
1974 CIN N 1B 157 157 1294.1 1292 75 6 111 0 0 0 0 0 .996
1975 CIN N 1B 132 130 1128.1 1192 72 9 113 0 0 0 0 0 .993
1976 CIN N 1B 136 130 1174 1158 73 5 110 0 0 0 0 0 .996
1977 MON N 1B 148 148 1290.1 1312 110 11 88 0 0 0 0 0 .992
1978 MON N 1B 145 144 1174.2 1181 82 11 116 0 0 0 0 0 .991
1979 MON N 1B 129 128 1113.1 1114 65 11 81 0 0 0 0 0 .991
1980 BOS A DH 12 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1980 BOS A 1B 138 137 1195 1301 87 10 150 0 0 0 0 0 .993
1981 BOS A 1B 57 56 514 519 37 4 63 0 0 0 0 0 .993
1981 BOS A DH 22 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1982 BOS A DH 46 45 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1982 BOS A 1B 2 1 8.1 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .857
1983 PHI N 1B 69 63 501.2 514 40 1 36 0 0 0 0 0 .998
1984 CIN N 1B 31 24 215 186 12 2 17 0 0 0 0 0 .990
1985 CIN N 1B 50 45 369.1 340 22 2 34 0 0 0 0 0 .995
1986 CIN N 1B 55 49 406.2 398 29 7 46 0 0 0 0 0 .984
Total 1B 1778 1660 14366 14481 936 117 1342 0 0 0 0 0 .992
Total DH 80 77 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total 2B 1 1 6 2 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total 3B 761 759 6654.2 644 1496 123 141 0 0 0 0 0 .946

Transactions

  • Signed as an amateur free agent by Cincinnati Reds (March 12, 1960).
  • Traded by Cincinnati Reds with Will McEnaney to Montreal Expos in exchange for Woodie Fryman and Dale Murray (December 16, 1976).
  • Granted free agency (November 1, 1979).
  • Signed by Boston Red Sox (November 16, 1979).
  • Released by Boston Red Sox (November 1, 1982).
  • Signed by Philadelphia Phillies (January 31, 1983).
  • Sold by Philadelphia Phillies to Cincinnati Reds (December 6, 1983).
  • Granted free agency (November 8, 1984).
  • Signed by Cincinnati Reds (April 10, 1985).
  • Granted free agency (November 12, 1985).
  • Signed by Cincinnati Reds (January 20, 1986).

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