‘Baseball as It Was’ Episode #28: Tony Perez

One of the stars who powered the Big Red Machine, Tony Perez’ standout years in Cincinnati earned him a ticket to the Hall of Fame. In total, he played 23 seasons with the Reds, Red Sox, Expos and Phillies. Among the topics discussed:

-How those who have recently made the daunting journey from Cuba to the United States relate to his transition in 1960 at age 17

-His critical home run in the sixth inning of Game 7 of the 1975 World Series, which got the Reds on track toward the victory over Boston

-Thoughts on the career and legacy of Pete Rose and the recent developments involving his long-time teammate

-The election into the Hall in 2000 after nine turns on the ballot, becoming the first Cuban-born player to receive that honor

-Historical comparisons to Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton

For all episodes of ‘Baseball as It Was’, go to baseballasitwas.com

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Audio clips courtesy of NBC Sports and the National Baseball Hall of Fame

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