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Baseball Player
    (May 14, 1942- )
    Born in Ciego de Avila, Cuba
    Infielder for the Cincinnati Reds (1964-76,1984-86), Montreal Expos (1977-79), Boston Red Sox (1980-82) and Philadelphia Phillies (1983)
    Managed the Cincinnati Reds (1993) and Florida Marlins (2001)
    .279 career batting average
    2,732 hits
    379 home runs
    1,652 RBIs
    Seven-time All Star (1967-70,1974-76)
    #24 retired by the Reds
    Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame (2000)
    His signing bonus with the Reds was $2.50 to cover the cost of a visa plus a plane ticket to Miami (1960).
    He admitted to not being a very disciplined hitter: 'Anything I could reach, I'd swing at. Sometimes that gave me trouble, sometimes that helped me.'
    He led the NL in errors by a third baseman three consecutive years (1968-70) and in errors by a first baseman once (1973).
    There were rumors that he was hired as Reds manager mainly as a PR exercise after Marge Schott's racist comments were publicized. (Another factor was that he was one of the few candidates for the position who liked Schott's dog Schottzie.)
    He was known as a clutch hitter.
    In a 23-year Major League career, he was never on the disabled list.
    At 44, he became the oldest player to hit a grand slam, breaking Honus Wagner's 70-year-old record. (His record was broken by Julio Franco at age 46 in 2004.)
    Manager Sparky Anderson called him the 'heart and soul' of Cincy's '70s Big Red Machine.
    Joe Morgan said, 'Tony was our glue.... Had Tony not been traded, we might have won another world championship, maybe two, maybe more, who knows? He was that valuable and that important to our team.'

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