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TheDailyBeast: Stars Who Were Fired Over the Phone

Tony Pérez

The baseball legend wasn’t always appreciated like he would be in 2000, when he was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. He started his career with the Cincinnati Reds and was a crucial part of the team’s “Big Red Machine” that won five National League titles between 1970 and 1976. Pérez came back to be the Reds’ manager in the early 1990s; the team’s owner, Marge Schott, was widely and repeatedly reported making racist comments about the Reds’ black players, and some thought bringing him on board was Schott’s attempt to appease angry fans. However, he only lasted only 44 games. "The only thing I didn't like was the way I got fired—by a phone call,” Pérez said.

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