Happy 101st birthday, Connie Marrero
(April 25) - Happy 101st birthday to the oldest living major leaguer, Connie Marrero. Marrero pitched for a decade and a half for Cuban League teams and for the Cuban national team and resisted the lure of the major leagues and America for a long time. He finally came to America and pitched for five years for the Washington Senators in his late 30s and early 40s (1950-54). Even at that advanced baseball age Marrero was successful as a "swing man" who could both START AND RELIEVE. HE WAS SELECTED TO THE 1951 AMERICAN LEAGUE ALL-STAR TEAM. Marrero has held that title of oldest living major leaguer for over 18 months.
My dad insists that Marrero was given permission to smoke cigars in the Nats dugout. At the least, his photos often show him with a cigar.
A story / rumor / legend on one of the current Nats fan boards says that Connie Marrero taught his knee-buckling curve to Camilo Pascual and later to Livan Hernandez. I can't verify it, but it's a good story.