Ex-Major League baseball player dies in Cuba two days short of his 103rd birthday
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/24/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
He was known for his short stature, unorthodox style and love for cigars. Making a name for himself in the major leagues, Conrado "Connie" Marrero returned to his native Cuba after the Castro-led revolution where he continued to coach well into his nineties. Marreno has died, two days short of his 103rd birthday.
As one of players who stayed in the country after the revolution, Connie Marrero is viewed as a link between the old professional Cuban League and post-revolution amateur Cuban national baseball system.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The oldest former player with Major League Baseball, Marrero died at his home in Havana at the age of 102. First making his name in Cuba in the 1930s, he went on to have a late career surge in Washington in the 50s.
Considered a hero in Cuba, he came back home after the 1959 revolution.
Marrero debuted for the Washington Senators at the relatively old age of almost 39, a signing initially dismissed as a joke. One journalist described him as a cross between "a crazy windmill and a duck flying backwards." Despite this, Marrero soon won over fans and critics alike.
Baseball remains Cuba's most popular sport.
As one of players who stayed in the country after the revolution, Marrero is viewed as a link between the old professional Cuban League and post-revolution amateur Cuban national baseball system.
Marrero was born April 25, 1911, in the town of Sagua la Grande, about 220 miles east of Havana.
He became the oldest living ex-Major Leaguer in February 2011 after the death of former Brooklyn Dodgers infielder Tony Malinosky.
"He was a living legend of Major League and also for baseball in Cuba before the revolution," baseball fan Manuel Gallego says.
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