- Hall of Fame first baseman for the Cincinnati Reds during the Big Red Machine era
Atanasio “Tony” Pérez Rigal was a fixture on Cincinnati’s “Big Red Machine”.
A native Cuban, he left a job in a Havana sugar cane factory to sign with the Reds’ organization.
He notched the first of seven 100-RBI campaigns, concluding his career with 1,652 RBI over 23 major league seasons.
Respected for his clutch hitting, he belted three home runs the World Series, including a key two-run shot in Game Seven, one of two World Championships.