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Oldest Living Former Major Leaguer, Connie Marrero, Turns 100

Monday, April 25, 2011, marks the centennial birthday celebration of Conrado Eugenio "Connie" Marrero, the oldest former major leaguer in the world and the last living Cuban big-leaguer from the pre-revolution days of the island nation. Marrero joined the Washington Senators in 1950 as a grizzled 39-year-old "rookie" and spent parts of five seasons pitching at Griffith Stadium, making the 1951 American League All-Star team.

Marrero's 100th birthday today places him in select company: He is only the 16th major league player known to have reached that illustrious age. (See the full list below). The last player to do so, Anthony "Tony" Malinosky, died on February 8, a few months after his 101st birthday.

We invite you to celebrate Marrero's birthday by reading a collection of stories written by SABR members about the Cuban baseball legend:

Below, see a list of the oldest living former major leaguers and a list of the 16 former major leaguers known to have reached their 100th birthdays, as compiled by Bill Carle, chairman of SABR's Biographical Research Committee.


Oldest living former major leaguers, as of April 25, 2011:

Name Nickname Debut Birth date
Conrado Eugenio Marrero
Connie 1950-04-21 1911-04-25
Clarence McKay Parker Ace 1937-04-24 1912-05-17
Alexander Pitko Alex 1938-09-11 1914-11-22
Elmer Ralph Hodgin Ralph 1939-04-19 1915-02-10
Nicholas Strincevich Nick 1940-04-23 1915-03-01
Michael Joseph Sandlock Mike 1942-09-19 1915-10-17
Benjamin Jenison McCoy Benny 1938-09-14 1915-11-09
Frederick Albert Schmidt Freddy 1944-04-25 1916-02-09
Arthur Joseph Kenney Art 1938-07-01 1916-04-29
Daniel Webster Litwhiler Danny 1940-04-25 1916-08-31
Ray Wilson Hathaway Ray 1945-04-20 1916-10-13
Edwin Elliott Carnett Eddie 1941-04-19 1916-10-21
Allen Francis Veigel Al 1939-09-21 1917-01-30
Ford Parker Mullen Moon 1944-04-18 1917-02-09
Alex Monchak Alex 1940-06-22 1917-03-05
Virgil Oliver Trucks Virgil 1941-09-27 1917-04-26
Leonard Richard Merullo
Lennie 1941-09-12 1917-05-05
Michael Raymond Palagyi
Mike 1939-08-18 1917-07-04
Carl Thomas Miles
Carl 1940-06-08 1918-03-22
Louis Joseph Lucier
Lou 1943-04-23 1918-03-23

 

 


Major leaguers who lived to be 100 years old:

Name Birth date Death date
Age
Chester Cornelius Hoff
1891-05-08 1998-09-17 107.3593
Robert Cassius Wright
1891-12-13 1993-07-30 101.6263
Anthony Francis Malinosky
1909-10-07 2011-02-08 101.3388
Karl Edward Swanson
1900-12-17 2002-04-03 101.2923
John Francis Daley
1887-05-25 1988-08-31 101.2676
Paul Franklin Otis
1889-12-24 1990-12-15 100.9719
Rolland Mays Stiles
1906-11-17 2007-07-22 100.6762
William Murray Werber
1908-06-20 2009-01-22 100.5914
Raymond Lee Cunningham
1905-01-17 2005-07-30 100.5311
Charles Henry Emig
1875-04-05 1975-10-02 100.4901
Howard Hoffman Groskloss
1906-04-10 2006-07-15 100.2628
Nathaniel Milton Gaston
1896-01-27 1996-04-26 100.2437
Edward James Gill
1895-08-07 1995-10-10 100.1725
Ralph Darwin Miller
1873-03-15 1973-05-07 100.1424
Ralph Lief Erickson
1902-06-25 2002-06-27 100.0055
Conrado Eugenio Marrero
1911-04-25   100.0000

Charts provided by SABR member Bill Carle, chairman of the Biographical Research Committee.

This page was last updated November 6, 2013 at 12:06 pm MST.

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