A press release from the Rio Grande City CISD reports, Mr. Cesar Perez, a Rio Grande City High School Alumni and former RGC High School Baseball Player recently presented senior players: #1 Javier Gonzalez, #2 Oscar Garcia, #4 Juan Carlos Perez, #5 Jose Ivan Gazca, #11 Javier Luis Garcia, #13 Aaron Garcia and #24 Hugo Alaniz a $500 scholarship each. #21 Ruben Fernando “Nando” Sepulveda will be receiving a $1000 scholarship for excelling in baseball and to support his commitment to play baseball at Coastal Bend College.
Mr. Cesar Perez is a 1975 graduate of Rio Grande City High School. Cesar was a four-year starter on varsity for the Rattlers and received first and second team all-district honors. One of the Valley’s great fire-balling pitchers, he once struck out 16 batters against Edcouch-Elsa and four days later threw a no-hitter and 18 strike outs against Falfurrias. He also set a record with 19 strikeouts against Zapata.
Perez went on to pitch for Texas Southmost College and led the Scorpions on their historic run to the National Junior College World Series in 1977.
In 1979, Cesar pitched for the Sam Houston State Bearkats in the NAIA World Series.
Even though he was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds in back-to-back years, Cesar opted to focus on his education, gaining his bachelor’s degree in economics, a master’s degree in finance and later his law degree from UT Law School.
Perez is the son of the late Gustavo Perez and Yolanda Perez. He lives in Palmhurst with his wife, Ofelia Pena Perez, and they have two children, Rebekah and Ricardo. His nephew, Jason, is currently playing with the Rattlers.
In 2015 he was inducted into the valley’s Leo Najo Baseball Hall of Fame and is one of very few players from Rio Grande City and the valley to receive this prestigious honor. The Rio Grande City School Board of Trustees, administration and staff would like to thank Mr. Cesar Perez for being a true embodiment of the Rattler spirit with his generosity, hard work and dedication.