On November 16, 1979, the Boston Red Sox sign free agent slugger Tony Perez. The veteran first baseman, a standout for Cincinnati’s “Big Red Machine” teams of the mid-1970s, played for the Montreal Expos in 1979. The future Hall of Famer will spend three seasons in Boston, compiling a .266 batting average while appearing in 304 games, mostly as team’s designated hitter.

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