Friday, February 11, 2011

Conrado Marrero now oldest living former major-league player

With the death this week of former Brooklyn Dodgers infielder Tony Malinosky, Conrado Marrero apparently becomes the oldest living former major-league baseball players.

That's according to Baseball Reference and Bloomberg, among other sources.

Marrero, who was born April 25, 1911 in Sagua La Grande, Las Villas, Cuba, was elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977 after a long and stellar career in the amatuer and professional ranks in Cuba.

Marrero (shown in this photo from Cuban baseball historian Peter Bjarkman's story on the Havana Times website when Marrero turned 99 last year) played 13 professional seasons in the Cuban League, 10 with Almendares.

Among Marrero's accomplishments, Who's Who in Cuban Baseball, 1878-1961 lists:
  • 9th all-time in Cuban League victories (69)
  • Record for lowest ERA (1.12) and shutouts (eight) in a season (1947-48)
  • MVP of the 1947-48 season
  • 70-25 in three seasons from with the minor-league Havana Cubans between 1947-49
Despite all that, Marrero didn't make his major-league debut until April 21, 1950 at age 39, pitching for the Washington Senators until 1954, going 39-40 with a 3.67 ERA.

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