Diunte: Conrado Marrero fondly remembered by his teammates

From SABR member Nick Diunte at Examiner.com on April 24, 2014:

Conrado “Connie” Marrero, the oldest living major league baseball player, died just two days short of his 103rd birthday on Wednesday at his home in Havana. The curveball specialist didn’t make his major league debut until he was 39 in 1950 with the Washington Senators, yet still managed to pitch five seasons in the major leagues. He earned an All-Star selection in 1951 and finished with a career record of 39-41.

His long amateur career in Cuba is well chronicled by historian Peter C. Bjarkman, and much interest in his career was sparked as he turned 100, due to the efforts of SABR member Kit Kreiger. Kreiger developed a special relationship with Marrero in his advanced age, making annual trips to visit the forgotten star.

Over the past few years, I have interviewed Marrero’s teammates and opponents, and they shared wonderful memories of one of baseball’s elder statesmen.

Read the full article here: http://www.examiner.com/article/marrero-fondly-remembered-by-his-teammates

Related link: Read the SABR biography of Conrado Marrero by Peter C. Bjarkman

Originally published: April 24, 2014. Last Updated: April 24, 2014.