Atanasio Perez Rigal (born May 14, 1942 in Ciego de Ávila, Cuba), more commonly known as Tony Pérez, is a former Major League Baseball player. He was also known by the nickname “Big Dog,” “Big Doggie,” and “Doggie.” Until he was traded in December, 1976, Pérez was a key member of Cincinnati’s “Big Red Machine”. Apart from his years with the Reds (1964–76, 1984–86), he also played for the Montreal Expos (1977–79), Boston Red Sox (1980–82) and Philadelphia Phillies (1983). He finished his career with a .279 batting average, 379 home runs, 1652 runs batted in and 1272 runs scored. After retiring, Pérez went on to manage the Reds and Florida Marlins. He currently holds the title of Special Assistant to the General Manager with the Marlins. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000. In 1970, Pérez hit the first home run in Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium.
Tony Perez – 1972 Topps #80