Atanasio (Rigal) Perez
Born: May 14, 1942 in Ciego De Avila, Cuba
Debut: 1964 | Pos: 1B
H: 6'2" | W: 205 | B: R | T: R
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A seven-time All-Star and one of the leaders of Cincinnati's famed Big Red Machine, Tony Perez earned induction into the Hall of Fame in 2000.
Perez spent 23 seasons in MLB -- 16 of those spent with the Reds. He drove in 1,652 runs in his career, the most ever by a Latin player. He finished his career with 379 home runs and a career .279 average.
Born in Cuba, Perez left a job working at a sugar factory behind to sign with the Reds. He made it to the Major Leagues in 1964 and, in 1967, he had his first 100 RBI season.
Perez hit three home runs in the 1975 World Series including a two-run HR in Game 7. In five World Series, he had 23 hits in 95 at-bats with 3 home runs and 11 RBI.