Pituka Perez was so excited when her husband Tony was named to the National League All-Star team that she insisted on flying with him from Cincinnati to California. She also decided to take along their 14-month-old son, Victor. The Perez family caught a plane that landed in Los Angeles late at night. Arriving at the hotel where the All-Star players were quartered, Perez was told that his room had already been taken, but after some scurrying about the management came up with the last remaining space—the $58-a-night presidential suite. Perez got it for $11. The next day Pituka and little Victor sat in the stands while for three hours Tony sat on the bench. By that time the game was in the 11th inning, a 1-1 tie as the result of home runs by the two third basemen, Richie Allen of the Phillies and Brooks Robinson of the Orioles. Then Third Baseman Perez got his chance. The first time up he struck out to join a who's who list of major league sluggers who set a record for All-Star Game strikeouts—30. But in the 15th inning Perez put an end to the longest All-Star Game ever by hitting a home run. By that time it was 7:45 p.m. in Anaheim—10:45 o'clock Cincinnati time—and Victor Perez was asleep in his mother's arms.
Three nights later Tony Perez broke up another extra-inning game. The Reds and Mets were tied 0-0 in the 10th inning when Cincinnati put runners on second and third with two out. The Mets intentionally walked Pete Rose and took their chances with the All-Star hero. Perez lined the first pitch for a single. It wasn't quite as glamorous as the All-Star Game, but this one counted in the standings.