May 14, 2013 by Elizabeth Metz
First baseman and third baseman, 1964-1976, 1984-1986. Coach 1987-1992. Manager 1993. Inducted 1998.
Came up with the Reds as a third baseman, then switched to first base as the pieces of the famed Big Red Machine lineup began to fall into place. Known for driving in runs, Perez reached 100 RBI in 6 seasons with the Reds and at least 90 in 4 more. An All-Star in 7 seasons, Perez was considered the clubhouse leader of the mid-70s teams. Traded after the 1976 season, he returned to the team in the 80s and 90s: first to finish out his playing days, then to coach (including as first base coach for the 1990 champions), then briefly as manager in 1993. In 2000, his number 24 was retired by the team and he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.