Conrado Marrero, oldest living ex-MLB player, dies

Conrado Marrero, oldest living ex-MLB player, dies

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Cuban baseball legend Conrado Marrero poses with a cap and an unlit cigar as he celebrates his 100th birthday on April 25, 2011 at his home in Havana. Marrero, nicknamed 'El Premier' or 'Guajiro de Laberinto' and now blind, pitched in the US Major League Baseball (MLB) in the 1950's. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 23 at 3:51 PM

   HAVANA (AP) -- Family members say Conrado Marrero, the oldest living former Major League Baseball player, has died in Havana. He was 102, just two days short of his 103rd birthday.
 
   Grandson Rogelio Marrero confirmed the death Wednesday afternoon.
 
   Marrero was a diminutive right-hander from Cuba who went by the nickname "Connie" when he pitched for the Washington Senators in the 1950s.
 
   He was renowned for his control and for his presence on the mound despite standing just 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 158 pounds.
 
   Marrero was born April 25, 1911, in the town of Sagua la Grande, about 220 miles (350 kilometers) east of Havana.
 
   He became the oldest living ex-Major Leaguer in February 2011 after the death of former Brooklyn Dodgers infielder Tony Malinosky.

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