These five photos --- from the treasured Jack Klumpe Collection at the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum -- are typical of the 70 images in the new book, "Tony Perez: From Cuba to Cooperstown." The author is appreciative of the Reds for providing him access to the Klumpe collection, and also to uniform authenticator Dave Grob for being able to identify the years these photos were taken.
This is my favorite photo of Perez, 1968, 26 years old. He was just coming off his breakout season of 1967, when he won the MVP of the previous season's All-Star Game with his 15th-inning home run off Catfish Hunter. He and wife, Pituka, had become parents in May 1966, when Victor was born in Cincinnati.
Tony gets Victor ready to for walk at spring training, 1967 (Note to Chris: this is actually the No. 4 attached photo, but it needs to run here in the 2-hole.)
Tony and Pituka take a stroll with Victor, spring training 1967.
Victor showing some elusivity in the spring, 1967. He later played baseball for Xavier University, and 24 pro games at rookie-level Billings, Montana.
The following ten photos -- also from the Jack Klumpe collection -- were originally posted here for the past three weeks. We are leaving them posted here for those readers who haven't yet seen them.
Leo Cardenas (left) and Chico Ruiz, spring training, 1965 - 1967.
Tony Perez, spring training, 1968.
(Left to right): Lee May, Tommy Helms, Pete Rose (far right), 1970 or 1971 regular season, Riverfront Stadium.
Davey Concepcion, spring training, 1970.
Sparky Anderson, 1970.