A true ambassador for America’s favorite pastime, Tony Pérez enjoyed 23 years in Major League Baseball. His legendary career totals, sportsmanship, integrity, and contributions on and off the field have earned Mr. Pérez a reputation as one the most loved, admired, and respected players the game has ever known.
Born in Camaguey, Cuba, Mr. Pérez made his professional debut in Geneva,New York in 1960. He began his Major League career in 1964 as a second baseman for the Cincinnati Reds. Apart from his years with the Reds, he also played for the Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox, and Philadelphia Phillies.
Mr. Pérez was one of the Major Leagues’ premier RBI men, driving in 100 or more runs during seven seasons. He played in five World Series, six League Championships, and seven All-Star games. Mr. Pérez was voted the Most Valuable Player of the 1967 All-Star Game. The game went into 15 innings and ranks as the longest All-Star Game in history. He retired in 1986, finishing his career with a .279 batting average, 379 home runs, 1652 RBI, and 1272 runs scored. In 2000, he was elected to a well-deserved place in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
After retirement, Mr. Pérez served as Batting Coach, First Base Coach, and Manager for the Cincinnati Reds. He is currently Special Assistant to the General Manager and Director of International Relations for the Florida Marlins.