If you are like me, then you have probably asked yourself on more than one occasion who the oldest living baseball players are.
All right then. So who are the oldest living ballplayers?
Well, thanks to the kind (and detail-oriented) folks at the Baseball Almanac, we know for a fact that Connie Marrero is the oldest living ballplayer. Born on April 25th, 1911, he is now 102 years old, and counting.
National Public Radio did a nice story on Connie when he turned 100, and you can listen to it here. Thanks NPR! Where would we be without you?
Today Connie lives in Cuba. He came over from Cuba in 1950 at age 38, after being a star player in Cuba for a long time, and he played five years with the Senators, ending up with a record of 39-40, while playing with some pretty mediocre Washington teams. He made the all-star team at age 40, in 1951, finishing that season with an 11-9 record, a 3.90 ERA, 16 complete games and 2 shutouts. After his career in the U.S. ended, he returned to Cuba, coaching in the Cuban leagues into his 80’s.
His personal baseball highlight? Meeting “Baby” Ruth.
His recipe for long life includes Cuban cigars, wine, and lots of Cuban coffee.What’s Cuban coffee? This article from Miami.com will tell you. Where can I get some in Minneapolis? Well, how about Victor’s 1959 Cafe? Sounds like a good bet, and I’ve been meaning to get over there. Field Trip!
Way to go, Connie!
There’s a nice bio of Connie on the SABR bioproject site, if you want to know more.
And thanks to the Baseball Almanac for putting this list together of the 100 oldest living ball players. I hope we get a chance to look at a few more of these guys this year.