Cristina Saralegui Biography

Cristina Saralegui has the distinction of being one of the most famous and influential Latina TV journalists of all time, but she seems more like a friend. For over 20 years she met us in our living rooms for frank discussions of controversial topics other Latino talk show hosts avoided, and also doled out heaping doses of lifestyle, entertainment, and wellness advice. It seems difficult to contain all the varied accomplishments of this Latina media trailblazer in a short Cristina Saralegui biography!

Childhood

Cristina Saralegui Biography

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Cristina spent her pre-teen years in Cuba, but relocated to Miami after the Revolution in 1960. Cristina, then age 12, came to maturity in the midst of a thriving expat community.

As a child she studied ballet, Spanish folk dance and piano.  The study of Spanish folk dance kept her close to her Hispanic culture.   Here on the left in a ballerina outfit as a child.  Picture courtesy of cristinaonline.com.

She studied at the University of Miami and got her first taste of the media world during an internship at Vanidades magazine. By 1973 she joined the staff of the Spanish version of Cosmopolitan magazine and her meteoric rise to fame had begun.

Cristina Saralegui Biography – Media Career

Cristina Saralegui Biography

Cristina Saralegui hit the international spotlight with the debut of The Cristina Show on Univision in 1989. For over 20 years and 4,000 episodes, she served as both host and executive producer for the show, entertaining millions with celebrity interviews, inspirational stories, and no-holds-barred explorations of topics like AIDS and domestic violence.

A crossover to the English language market aired for 11 weeks on CBS stations in 1992, but ultimately failed. However, the Spanish language show remained highly popular.

Thanks to Cristina Saralegui, Univision had one of the highest-rated shows on Spanish language TV for many years.

The Cristina Show went off the air in 2010, but Cristina continues to enjoy a reputation as one of the most famous and influential role models of all time for Latina women.

For fans of Cristina Saralegui, Telemundo offered hope of a revival of regular TV appearances. Unfortunately, the new show, Pa’lante con Cristina lasted for only one season on Telemundo before being canceled.

Today Cristina continues to pursue media ventures with her own company and currently hosts a radio program.

 

 Notable Accomplishments

Any Cristina Saralegui biography must mention some of the many notable accomplishments that make Cristina such a worthy role model:

  • First Latina in the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame
  • 12 Emmys for The Cristina Show
  • First Spanish language TV personality to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Valor Award from GLAAD
  • Named one of 25 Most Influential Hispanics by Time Magazine

Business Ventures

Trading on her tremendous brand name recognition and reputation for being a highly trusted and respected source of lifestyle information for Hispanic women, Cristina launched her own line of furniture and home accessories in 2004.  The collection, known as Casa Cristina, exudes her personal warmth and style. Cristina Saralegui furniture in particular is designed to support gracious living and entertaining.

Her other business ventures include Blue Dolphin Studios, which is co-owned with her husband Marcos Avila. In total Cristina Saralegui’s net worth stands at an estimated $30 million.

What will the future bring for Cristina Saralegui and her business empire? Only time will tell, but it is sure to be in line with her signature inspirational motto, “Pa’lante, pa’lante, pa’tras ni pa’ coger impulso.” (Onward, onward, never stepping back, not even to get momentum).

Alberto del Río Biography and His Hispanic Heritage

Since the 1930s, masked and costumed “lucha libre” wrestlers have been putting on shows that seem half spectacle and half serious in dusty village squares and in massive city arenas throughout Mexico.

One could argue that this Mexican tradition inspired the World Wrestling Federation in America, so it’s only fitting that a new crop of Hispanic wrestling stars have taken the WWF and WWE by storm. Now-a-days wrestling is becoming part of Hispanic culture.

One of these wrestlers, Alberto del Rio, has achieved international fame as the first ever Mexican-born WWE Champion. Looking at this Alberto del Rio biography you can see how his Hispanic heritage played a big role in his success.

Early Career

Born Alberto Rodriguez in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, this future wrestling star already seemed destined for greatness due to his family connections.

The Mexican Aristocrat

Alberto del Rio can claim membership in one of the most famous Mexican wrestling families, with Dos Caras as his father and Mil Máscaras and Sicodélico as his uncles.

Alberto del Rio began training in Greco-Roman wrestling, learning the holds and moves that form the basis for the lucha libre wrestling style. He proved to be an excellent athlete, earning third place at the World Junior Championships in 1997 and winning his weight division at the Central American and Caribbean Games three times.

When Mexico failed to sponsor a Greco-Roman wrestling team to the Sydney Olympics in 2000, Alberto del Rio turned to the family business and made his debut as Dos Caras Jr. in a lucha libre show with his father.

Career Highlights

In 2007, Alberto del Rio, wrestling on a contract with the Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, won the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship. This gained him the attention of the WWE. He made the transition to the WWE in June of 2010, and a whole new chapter of the Alberto del Rio biography began.

Now wrestling without a mask, Alberto del Rio won the World Heavyweight Championship and the WWE Championship twice. He also won the Raw “Money in the Bank” event and the Royal Rumble in 2011. These wins made Alberto del Rio one of the most successful Hispanic WWE wrestlers of all time and solidified his status as one of the WWW superstars.

Wrestling Persona

Initially, fans didn’t like Alberto del Rio’s transition into the WWE, primarily because he removed his mask, and also because he changed his wrestling persona from a “técnico” or good guy to a “rudo” or bad guy. However, cheering and jeering plays a huge role in the fun of watching wrestling, and Alberto del Rio’s current persona, “The Mexican Aristocrat,” is a “rudo” we love to hate.

One of the best parts of his appearances is when he rolls up to the ring in a fancy car with a white silk scarf draped about his oiled shoulders, ready to ruthlessly pursue his “birthright” status as champion with signature finishing moves like the “cross armbreaker.”

Maybe we see a bit of ourselves in his “me-first” attitude, but when we boo the Aristocrat for his haughty demeanor we can also poke fun at ourselves and our society, releasing tension in a way that’s always been traditional in lucha libre and now forms the heart of WWE pageantry too.

Alberto del Río Memorabilia



Pitbull Biography

Like the fighting pitbull dog he takes his name from, Pitbull the artist has a bad boy reputation and image. He’s tenacious and talented, a versatile Cuban-American rapper who has fought his way to the top of the global music scene by combining catchy hooks, rapid-fire rhymes and booming Latin dance-inspired beats.

He plays the incongruity of his irreverent lyrics and his impeccable suits to great effect, presenting himself as confident, sexy, and charming.

Early Years

Pitbull’s early years played a huge role in shaping the artist he would become, so any Pitbull biography has to start here. Pitbull came into the world in 1981 as Armando Christian Pérez, son of Cuban immigrants in Miami.

By the time he was three, his drug dealing father had him reciting the poetry of Cuban poet José Martí in Little Havana’s bars, giving the future rapper a taste for verse.

For young Pitbull, family proved short-lived, as his parents soon separated. His mother struggled to raise him on her own, and Pitbull actually spent time with a foster family in Georgia at one point.

At age 16, Pitbull’s mother kicked him out after discovering he had followed in his father’s footsteps and become involved with drug dealing. He soon began rapping, performing in clubs whenever he could. He christened himself Pitbull after a dog he called “too stupid to lose,” out for a “constant fight,” and began his rise towards stardom.

Pitbull’s Best Songs

pitbull-biography-1A typical Pitbull biography might point to 2009’s “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho),” as the song that catapulted the artist to stardom.

In reality Pitbull had been pumping out hit rap and Latin singles for years prior to “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)” going global.

The real breakthrough moment of his career occurred much earlier, when Lil Jon gave him his own track entitled “Pitbull’s Cuban Rideout” on his 2002 album “Kings of Crunk.”

This marked an important moment for the young rapper who had previously had trouble being taken seriously in the rap community due to his fair skin, blue eyes, and Cuban origins.

Some of Pitbull’s best songs include:

  • 2004 – “Culo” (featuring Lil Jon)
  • 2007 – “The Anthem” (featuring Lil Jon)
  • 2008 – “Krazy” (featuring Lil Jon)
  • 2009 – “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)”
  • 2009 – “Hotel Room Service”
  • 2010 – “Hey Baby (Drop It To the Floor)” (featuring T-Pain)
  • 2011 – “Give Me Everything” (featuring Ne-Yo, AfroJack and Nayer)
  • 2013 – “Feel This Moment” (featuring Christina Aguilera)
  • 2013 – “Timber” (featuring Ke$ha)

Pitbull has also appeared as featured artist on many hit songs by a wide variety of artists, showing his versatility. For example:

  • 2010 – “I Like It” by Enrique Iglesias
  • 2010 – “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” by Usher
  • 2011 – “On the Floor” by Jennifer Lopez

Pitbull in Concert


Unlike other rappers that perform with just a DJ backing them up, Pitbull concerts feature a huge live band supporting the main man’s clever, sometimes raunchy rhymes.

Pitbull uses the raw energy of the band to enhance his own performance, interacting with the musicians to create an experience that simply can’t be matched by listening to a recording.

Pitbull has said he feels like he’s “riding a bolt of lightning” when he’s on stage, and you definitely feel that energy and excitement coursing through the crowd too during a Pitbull concert.

Enrique Iglesias Biography

Sometimes called the King of Latin Pop and the King of Dance, Enrique Iglesias claims an important and highly coveted place in the international music scene.

Not surprisingly many Enrique Iglesias biographies show a versatile, charismatic, and supremely talented singer-songwriter, who is one of the best-selling Spanish language singers of all time and has earned over 70 number one rankings across the Billboard Music charts.

His success? His English and Spanish crossover music has appeal for people of all walks of life all over the world.

Early Years

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Born in Madrid, Spain, Enrique Iglesias had somewhat of an unusual childhood. Basque terrorists from the north of Spain kidnapped his grandfather in 1986, and after this event Enrique Iglesias and his brother went to live with their father in Miami.

Their father, Julio Iglesias, traveled extensively for his own music career and seldom spent much time at home. Enrique’s nanny essentially raised him, and he actually dedicated his first album to her.

Shortly after beginning college, Enrique borrowed money from his nanny to put together a demo tape with one Spanish song and two English songs. Posing as an unknown Guatemalan singer named Enrique Martinez so that his music would speak louder than his famous last name, he quickly got a record deal for his debut album.

The album hit shelves in 1995, went gold in Portugal almost immediately, and eventually sold over 6 million copies.  From there Enrique Iglesias’ career really began to soar and most people agree that his fame quickly eclipsed that of his father.

Though Julio Iglesias has publicly expressed his pride in his son’s achievements, the relationship between Enrique Iglesias and Julio Iglesias seems strained at best. Several of Enrique’s songs including “Quizás” and “Be Yourself” deal with this topic.

Best Enrique Iglesias Songs

Considering that Enrique Iglesias holds the record for most number one Spanish language singles, picking out the best Enrique Iglesias songs poses quite a challenge. A true fan would say every song is the best one.

 

Altogether Enrique has put out 10 studio albums, each one of which has a hit single or two. Some of the most popular tunes include:
• Bailamos
• Rhythm Divine
• Be With You
• Hero
• Escape
• Don’t Turn Off the Lights
• Do You Know (The Ping Pong Song)
• I Like It

Experiencing Enrique Iglesias in Concert


Ever since his second album way back in 1997, Enrique Iglesias has been performing in front of sold out stadium venues around the world.

Many of Enriques’ concerts have been televised, but that experience can’t compare to attending Enrique Iglesias concerts in person. The energy will amaze you, and so will the star’s kindness.

Enrique Iglesias is known for hugging and kissing fans onstage—who knows, if you go to a concert you just might have a chance at being one of these lucky fans!

My advice is to make sure you study up on your Enrique Iglesias lyrics before you go so you can sing along to all your favorite songs, the energy feels so much higher

Daisy Fuentes Biography

Daisy Fuentes didn’t enter my life until I came to the U.S. For those of us who loved MTV in the 1990s, Daisy Fuentes is a familiar face, and I arrived here in 1996. I remember that after knowing about her I was mesmerized by her beauty, yet I thought she didn’t look very Latina. I guess I was running a stereotypical figure of us in my mind.

This beautiful Cuban-American television hostess and model has many achievements under her belt that we can look up to as part of the Hispanic community. Daisy definitely knows how to work her Latina roots!

Early Life

Daisy Fuentes’ biography begins in 1966, when her Cuban father and Spanish mother welcomed her into the world in Havana, Cuba.   

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Rough times ahead for this Cubanita because the 60s were a tumultuous time in Cuba to say the least, and by the time little Daisy turned three the Fuentes family relocated to Madrid, Spain.

While living in Spain, Fuentes taught herself English by watching old episodes of I Love Lucy. This skill came in handy, as the family soon moved once again, this time to Harrison, New Jersey.

She proudly sees herself as a real Jersey girl who embraced the toughness of growing up in Jersey, including the cursing.

Her high school class voted her homecoming queen and “best looking” during her senior year in 1984, and Daisy also began modeling during this time.   

She studied cosmetology and communications in school, and soon a New York Telemundo affiliate hired her as their weather girl, officially launching her career in entertainment.

Career Highlights in Daisy Fuentes’ Biography

In 1988 Daisy became the host of MTV International, an accomplishment that definitely served as an important highlight in her career. This paved the way for her to join the mainstream MTV crew in 1993.

Thanks to the exposure and fame she achieved on MTV, Daisy Fuentes went on to appear in several TV shows, as both an actress and as a hostess. She even had her own talk show, called “Daisy,” from 1994-1995. Hosting America’s Funniest Home Videos from 1998-1999 made even more Americans fall in love with Daisy Fuentes.

Daisy’s modeling career included appearances on national TV in ads for Revlon, Pantene, American Express, M&Ms, and other well-known brands.

Today Daisy focuses less on appearing on TV and more on her other projects, which include a clothing line, an all-natural hair care line, and an eye-wear line designed especially for Latinas.

She is apparently a savvy business woman and experts estimate that Fuentes sells more than $300 million worth of products each year through her partnership with Kohl’s department stores.

Working Her Latina Roots

Daisy Fuentes’ biography features many important landmark achievements for Latinas and also shows a clear commitment to supporting Hispanic organizations and events. For example:

  • ·        In 1993 Daisy became the first Latina VJ ever on MTV
  • ·        The 3-page cover of People en Español’s 50 most beautiful women issue featured Fuentes in 1995
  • ·        Daisy hosted the 1998 ALMA Award and the 1999 Billboard Latin Awards
  • ·        Fuentes serves as the celebrity chairman for the annual St. Jude Angeles & Stars gala in Miami
  • ·        Daisy currently appears as a co-presenter on La Voz Kids on Telemundo.

Daisy honestly recognizes her great abilities as a totally bilingual woman who speaks English and Spanish equally well.  That is something you don’t see very day because bilinguals give preference to one language in most cases. 

This Jersey girl who claims money has never been her driving force, according to hudsonmod.com, confessed becoming wealthy was a totally organic process that took time.  She gives value to wealth because it allows her to do things with her family without worrying about anything else but creating memories that last forever.

Luis Guzmán Biography

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Name: Luis Guzmán
Birth date: August 28, 1956.
Birthplace: Cayey, Puerto Rico.
Breakthrough: The role of a dead squad member in the “Free Verse” episode of the show Miami Vice on April 4, 1986.

For an actor who often plays thugs and criminals on screen, Luis Guzmán is actually an incredibly kind and generous person. As you’ll see from this brief Luis Guzmán biography, his life and accomplishments are very inspiring and provide a great example for young Latinos striving to make a difference in their communities.

By far this Boricua is one of my favorite personalities because he combines success along a passion for giving and becoming an example for many Hispanics to follow. For starters, he lives a low profile life in Vermont with his wife Angelita Galarza and 5 children, four of them adopted.

Early Life

Born in Cayey, Puerto Rico, Luis Guzmán grew up on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, where he got his first taste of acting in a high school play. However, acting remained little more than a hobby for much of Guzmán’s early life.

After graduating from City College, he worked at the Henry Street Settlement House as a youth counselor and social worker. He was excited by the prospect of using street theater to increase awareness of social and political issues facing the local community, and during these early years being an actor was essentially just a secondary role for Luis Guzmán the activist.

Career Highlights

Guzmán appeared in his first film, Short Eyes, in 1977, but his big break into TV and movie acting didn’t come until 1986, when he made a guest appearance on Miami Vice. It all happened when Miguel Piñero, who was writing for Miami Vice, gave him a number to call for an audition.

He earned this guest spot on the strength of a fortuitous audition with the show’s producer, who asked Guzmán to “kill” him with his eyes. He complied, giving that dark, passionate, brooding look that soon became his trademark.

As Guzmán’s career progressed, he began playing cops as well as thugs. He established himself as one of the leading character actors in Hollywood, and became a particular favorite of directors like Stephen Soderbergh and Paul Thomas Anderson.

Here are some of the most famous Luis Guzman movies and TV shows:

  • Short Eyes (1977)
  • Variety (1983)
  • Miami Vice (1986)
  • Crocodile Dundee 2 (1988)
  • The Hard Way (1991)
  • McBain (1991)
  • Carlito’s Way (1993) – One of my favorites
  • Boogie Nights (1997)
  • Oz (HBO series 1998-2000)
  • Out of Sight (1998)
  • The Limey (1999)
  • Magnolia (1999)
  • Traffic (2000)
  • The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
  • Cleaner (2007)
  • The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)
  • The Last Stand (2013)

Making a Difference

The most interesting part of his bio in my opinion, is that throughout all his Hollywood success, Luis Guzman has never forgotten his background as a community activist and social worker.

Any Luis Guzmán biography has to give equal weight to his charitable accomplishments in order to really capture the essence of his life. As Guzmán told Samaritanmag.com, “Having a wonderful career and being in a position that gives me so much pleasure has always made me want to give back.”

Guzmán frequently spearheads fundraisers and other charitable projects, along with donating his time to various causes. For example, in 2011 he put together a fundraiser to support victims of Hurricane Irene, and in 2012 he began working as producer on a reality TV show providing homeless shelter makeovers across the country, a very creative way to give back to the community, don’t you think?.

Guzmán particularly enjoys giving motivational speeches at schools in disadvantaged or otherwise troubled neighborhoods. His goal is to inspire people to better themselves and others by pursuing careers of service.

He often mentions that joining the Coast Guard, becoming a teacher, or even becoming an actor are all ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and get in a position where they can also help others. This Luis Guzmán biography shows how he continues to be an inspiring example of how to pursue your dreams and also give back to your community.

Vicente Fernandez Biography

The Story of El Rey de la Ranchera

Name: Vicente Fernández Gómez.
Birth date: February 17, 1940.
Birthplace: Huentitán El Alto, Jalisco, Mexico.
Breakthrough: Became the International Comedy Grand Champion of “Buscando Estrellas”, the Latino version of Star Search.

Growing up in South America I remember going out with my friends to a disco. In the middle of the night, yes, by 12 midnight they used to stop the music and play rancheras or carrileras, in general, Mexican music. This was the time to take a rest from the normal music and enjoy some tequila shots!

Knowing or reading a Vicente Fernandez biography was common. If you’ve never heard of Vicente Fernandez or read his biography, you are missing out on a living legend.

“Chente,” as we affectionately call him, established himself as an icon of Mexican ranchera music in the 1960s, and has been wowing legions of fans ever since.

A former film star as well as a singer, Chente embodies the proud image of the Mexican charro or cowboy, but his operatic voice and tender singing soften the machismo of his image, making Chente an ideal ambassador of Mexico’s musical heritage.

Early Life

Many little boys dream of becoming movie stars. Little Vicente Fernandez actually made his dream come true. Even as a young boy growing up on a ranch near the sleepy village of Huentitan El Alto, Jalisco, Mexico, young Chente dreamed of growing up to be just like the charros he saw in Mexican movies.

He got his first guitar when he was just 8 years old, and quickly learned to strum out accompaniment for his renditions of the ranchera songs he heard on the radio.

Chente got his first taste of success at age 14, when he won a singing contest at a local festival. But he struggled for years after this, singing in restaurants and on street corners as he tried to make a career out of music.

Success

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Chente’s breakthrough came in 1966, when he finally got a record contract and released his very first recording.

He soon broke into acting as well, first appearing on film in 1971. After that, the rest was history. Vicente Fernandez went on to record 51 gold, platinum, or multi-platinum albums and to star in or provide music for over 40 films.

During his career, he earned the adoration of millions of fans, who dubbed him “El Charro de Huentitán,” “El Idolo de México” and “El Rey de la Canción Ranchera.”

His renditions of famous ranchera classics like “Las Mañanitas,” as well as of original compositions by famous Mexican songwriters, earned him just about every award you can think of.

He won Billboard awards 5 years in row in the early 90s, was named Person of the Year by the Latin Recording Academy in 2002, and won a Grammy in 2010. He even has his own stars in the Hollywood walk of fame and the Paseo de las Luminarias in Mexico City.

Vicente Fernandez Concerts

When you ask people what they love most about Vicente Fernandez, they will usually say his concerts. They share that Vicente Fernandez performed with refreshingly old-fashioned showmanship, seeking to please his audience with his sincerity and with his talent, rather than with special effects or theatrics.

He always wore a charro, which is the traditional embroidered suit and matching sombrero for ranchera performers. He wore this outfit with great pride, but also with humility because he knew it made him like an ambassador of Mexican culture.

Chente’s humility is also apparent in the respect he gave to his fans. At every concert, he promised to sing until people got tired of hearing him! Of course that would never really happen, but in reality his concerts often went on for hours and hours, with everyone in the audience singing along and having a great time enjoying traditional Mexican ranchera music.

Even at the most difficult times in his life, this supremely talented singer put his fans first. When his father died in 1970, Chente found out just minutes before going on stage. Yet he did not cancel the show, because he didn’t want to disappoint all the fans who looked forward to hearing him sing. Vicente also played on through a difficult period in 1998 when his son was kidnapped and held for ransom for four months.

Even after learning that he had liver cancer, Vicente Fernandez still maintained a “show must go on” attitude. In between surgeries and treatments, he scheduled his farewell tour and sang to millions of loving fans who were no doubt sad to see their idol hang up his sombrero, but happy to share one last epic concert with the undisputed “rey de la canción ranchera.”

Chente has promised to continue recording. He actually has many songs recorded already that have not yet been released. In any case, it’s clear that this powerhouse of Mexican ranchera music will continue adding to his Vicente Fernandez biography even during “retirement.” Keep an eye out for his latest songs!

Tony Pérez Biography

Tony Pérez Memorabilia

Name: Atanasio Pérez Regal.
Birth date: May 14, 1942.
Birthplace: Ciego de Ávila, Cuba.
Breakthrough: Attracting the attention of Reds’ scout Tony Pacheco while playing with a factory baseball team. Signed to the Reds at age 17.

This Tony  Pérez biography is filled with professional and personal accomplishments. It always amazes me to see how famous Hispanic baseball players have to overcome language, cultural and in many cases ethnic barriers to become a baseball legend.

It’s extremely interesting to read this Tony  Pérez biography as Tony Perez (Toni  Pérez) or Atanasio  Pérez Regal is one of the most famous Spanish athletes or Latino baseball players ever to the have played game.

Tony Pérez homers over the left field in the 6th inning of game 7. 1975 World Series.

Tony Pérez homers over the left field in the 6th inning of game 7. 1975 World Series.
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Tribute to the Big Red Machine inside the Great American Ballpark, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Includes Tony Perez in the back.

Tribute to the Big Red Machinein the Great American Ballpark,Cincinnati, Ohio. Tony Perez in the back.
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The Start of a Wonderful Baseball Player

Born in 1942, this Cuban whose career spanned over 23 years was the star attraction of the Cincinnati Reds, Montreal Expos, and Philadelphia Phillies of the National League and the Boston Red Sox of the American League.

His source of inspiration was Minnie Monoso, a former fellow player in the 1940s. Legend has it that he was signed by the Cincinnati Reds in 1964 and was awarded no signing bonus but just a plane ticket and $2.50 for an exit visa.

From the age of 17, Tony had a long association with the game of baseball. By then he had quit his job in a Havana sugar factory. In fact for Tony baseball is his passion. And so right from the onset, the Tony Pérez biography focuses on his early life, and his love for the game of baseball.

Tony Conquers His Fears

One interesting fact in the Tony  Pérez biography tells how Perez had his share of doubts when he first moved to the United States. The extreme cold, the new culture, the language barrier, and the food were some of the major issues. However, his diligence and love for the game made him overcome all these obstacles.

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Tony  Pérez Bronze
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The decade of the 1970s saw  Pérez as the second highest among all major-leaguers in RBI (Runs Batted In, a stat to measure a baseball batter’s performance.) He had a total of 954 and was second only to his teammate Johnny Bench.

Tony  Pérez concluded his career with 1,652 RBIs and belted three home runs in the 1975 World Series. This included an important two-run shot in Game Seven in one of the two World Championships he earned.

In 1976, however, he was traded to the Montreal Expos. Dan Driessen, a player nine years younger and more than $100,000 cheaper than Perez was considered ready to inherit first base.

After three years with the Montreal Expos, Toni  Pérez was with the Boston Red Sox for another three years. In 1980 at the age of 38, he had a very good first season with the Red Sox and won the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award.

But, statistics also illustrated his declining abilities to drive in runs. A feared hitter still, based on his reputation,  Pérez also was a reserve player on the 1983 National League Champion Phillies, and batted .242 in his five World Series appearances.

No different from others, this Tony  Pérez biography lays emphasis on his important career details. Perez returned to the Cincinnati Reds in 1984 and finished off his career there in 1986.

Tony  Pérez Distinctions

This Tony  Pérez biography includes distinctions like him being the only hitter in the last 50 years to have driven in 90 runs in 11 consecutive years.

Perez and Orlando Cepeda are tied for the position of most career runs by any Latino baseball player.

Pérez has played in 5 World Series. After appearing in 7 All-Star games, he was the Most Valuable Player in the 1967 All-Star Game for his game winning home run. This game played at Anaheim stadium was the longest game in the history of the All-Star game lasting 15 innings.

This Tony  Pérez biography also shows us, how Toni  Pérez was respected and loved, by being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000. He garnered 385 out of 499 votes, a little more than the three-fourths minimum required to be inducted into the club. He has the distinction of driving in 100 or more runs seven times.

His induction in the Hall of Fame made all Tony  Pérez signed baseballs and autographed pictures more valuable. Tony  Pérez jersey number 24 became even more popular.

One of the most famous Spanish athletes, Toni Perez was a respected clutch hitter. His jersey number 24 was retired on May 27, 2000 by the Cincinnati Reds.

His second shot at the game saw him serve as the manager on the Cincinnati Reds and the Florida Marlins.

2005 Leaf Century Stamps Signature Material Legendary Tony Perez #24 Picture by God Bless Taiwan.

2005 Leaf Century Stamps Signature Material Legendary Tony Perez #24
Picture by God Bless Taiwan.

Tony’s Contribution to Society

Tony is also aware of his duties towards society, he actively participates on the national cholesterol education program, ‘Strike Out High Cholesterol’. As part of this awareness campaign, Toni  Pérez tours minor league baseball parks and tells Latinos about the two main sources of cholesterol – genetics and food.

This Tony  Pérez biography, definitely has baseball as its central theme, since for Tony baseball was his fire, which fueled him on. “Big Dog” and “Doggie” as he was nicknamed was indeed one of the most prolific players of the game.

Tony  Pérez Memorabilia

Even though this famous Hispanic baseball player had an outstanding career not only as a player but also as a manager of two professional baseball teams, Tony  Pérez memorabilia doesn’t command such high prices as that of Alex Rodriguez for example.

The most sought after pieces are the Tony  Pérez signed jerseys and baseballs. His autographed photographs are also a very popular item. There is no need to browse through hundreds of memorabilia products for this Famous Latino baseball player. Here are my top picks, and remember… all autographed items are guaranteed to be authentic.