On this week’s episode, I had a great conversation with author John Erardi about his latest book, “Tony Perez: From Cuba to Cooperstown.” It’s a fantastic read, and our conversation was a lot of fun as we dug into Perez’ life and career and much more.

You can purchase the book at all area bookstores, and online at all the usual outlets. I can’t recommend this book more highly.

John will be signing the book at Price Hill Chili on June 15 at 5:00 pm, and at Findlay Market on June 16 at 11:00 am. Go see John, pick up a book, and tell him that Redleg Nation says hello.

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6 Responses

  1. Ernest Howerton

    I can hear Nuxy now ‘get up ,get up,hey,hey,Dogie’ for one of Perez’s clutch hrs.

  2. Sweendog

    Everything you want in a player, good glove, clutch hitter, great leader. Heck, probably even a much better human being. Hate to live in the past, but man I miss watching that guy play ball. It was a privilege.

    • David

      He wasn’t just a great player, but he was a great person, too. Really a first class man. They don’t make them like that too often.
      Good father, good husband, all his team mates looked up to him as an example.

      He was always my favorite Red from those days. The fans of the Reds in those days all liked Tony. He was just that kind of person.

      • Colorado Red

        You both are correct.
        Man I also miss him

  3. Sweendog

    Ditto on the husband and father aspect. Even his teammates said he was the glue that held that team together. When he was at bat and the game was on the line, it just seemed he would do something heroic. Certainly not look to take a walk. Those guys didn’t hit as many home runs in those days, but they knew when they needed to hit them. Go back and look at strikeout totals and you will see they didn’t strike out as much and made quality outs.

  4. Colorado Red

    I remember when he came back to Cinci after being traded.
    Standing ovation.
    Fans booed Johnny Bench when he caught a foul out.
    Loved Tony.