Tony Pérezl played in MLB from 1964 through 1986, most notably as a member of the Cincinnati Reds dynasty that won four National League pennants and two World Series championships between 1970 and 1976. He also played for the Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies. A seven-time All-Star, Pérez averaged more than 100 runs batted in per season from 1970 to 1976 for the Cincinnati team that became known as the Big Red Machine for their dominance of the National League in the mid-1970s. He was one of the most popular players in Reds history.
In 1998, Pérez was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.
After his playing career, Pérez became a coach and later managed the Reds and the Florida Marlins. From 1993 through the 2017 season, he was Special Assistant to the General Manager with the Marlins.