Former Washington Senator becomes oldest living baseball player
Former Washington Senator “Connie” Marrero–born April 25, 1911–is now the oldest living former professional baseball player at 99 years and 291 days young. He moved into the No. 1 spot on Tuesday with the passing of the former Brooklyn Dodgers infielder Tony Malinosky at the tender age of 101. It seems the baseball-life analogy never gets old so we will link them together once again. Baseball is a constant 162-game marathon of ups and downs, twists and turns, and peaks and valleys… yes, just like life.
If you can master the game of baseball, you can master the game of life. It is all about longevity and this list defines longevity. Marrero–no relation to the Nats first base prospect Chris Marrero–pitched for the Senators from 1950 to 1954, compiling a 39-40 record with a 3.67 ERA. Marrero made his Major League debut when he was 38 years old, and was one of the oldest players in the league throughout the duration of his time in the Major Leagues. His nicknames in Cuba were “El Guajiro de Laberinto” (The Peasant from Laberinto), reflecting his rural origins, “El Premier,” and “El Curvo.”
Well now he has a new nickname “El Numero Uno” and has his sights set on the next hurdle: 100.