York Area Sports Night will have at least two Hall of Famers for its 52nd annual show on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, at Heritage Hills Golf Resort and Conference Center.
Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Perez is the newest addition to the guest list. He joins Pro Football Hall of Famer Bob Lilly, whose appearance at the program was announced last week.
Perez is best known for his stint as a corner infielder with the powerhouse Cincinnati teams in the 1970s, known as the "Big Red Machine."
In 23 years in the major leagues, Perez batted .279, with 379 home runs and 1,652 RBIs. Perez drove in more than 100 runs seven times. He retired from playing in 1986. The seven-time All-Star appeared in five World Series (1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1983), winning titles in 1975 and 1976.
Perez was also a member of the Philadelphia Phillies' National League championship team in 1983 as a 41-year-old on a team nicknamed the "Wheeze Kids." During that season, he was reunited with former Cincinnati teammates Joe Morgan (39) and Pete Rose (42).
Perez, now 73, was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000. A native of Cuba, he became an American citizen in 1971.
Lilly, known as "Mr. Cowboy," was best known for his 14-year NFL career in Dallas. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980, his first year of eligibility. The Sporting News named him a member of the All-Century NFL Team and “the greatest defensive tackle in NFL history.” He is also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
Tickets: Tickets for the Sports Night celebrity reception and silent auction, set for 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 11, are $80 in advance and $100 at the door.
There will be a celebrity dinner from 4:45 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., followed by public celebrity autograph session from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m.. Tickets for the autograph session are $40, and must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. There will be a limited amount of tickets sold.
To buy tickets, visit http://www.yorksportsnight.com/.