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:
- In an all-new essay for SABR.org, Bjarkman writes of The Mysteries and Misconceptions Surrounding Conrado Marrero
- On April 9, Bjarkman previewed Marrero's centennial celebration (HavanaTimes.org)
You can also wish Marrero a happy birthday, or talk about your own interactions or memories of him, on this SABRNation discussion thread.
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:
|Conrado Eugenio Marrero
|Clarence McKay Parker||Ace||1937-04-24||1912-05-17|
|Elmer Ralph Hodgin||Ralph||1939-04-19||1915-02-10|
|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|
|Virgil Oliver Trucks||Virgil||1941-09-27||1917-04-26|
|Leonard Richard Merullo
|Michael Raymond Palagyi
|Carl Thomas Miles
|Louis Joseph Lucier
Major leaguers who lived to be 100 years old:
|Name||Birth date||Death date
|Chester Cornelius Hoff
|Robert Cassius Wright
|Anthony Francis Malinosky
|Karl Edward Swanson
|John Francis Daley
|Paul Franklin Otis
|Rolland Mays Stiles
|William Murray Werber
|Raymond Lee Cunningham
|Charles Henry Emig
|Howard Hoffman Groskloss
|Nathaniel Milton Gaston
|Edward James Gill
|Ralph Darwin Miller
|Ralph Lief Erickson
|Conrado Eugenio Marrero
Charts provided by SABR member Bill Carle, chairman of the Biographical Research Committee.
This page was last updated April 25, 2011 at 9:19 am MST.