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Oldest ex-player dies at 102

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POSTED April 23, 2014 11:31 p.m.

HAVANA (AP) — Conrado Marrero, the diminutive Cuban right-hander who pitched for the Washington Senators in the 1950s and in 2011 became the oldest living former Major League Baseball player, died in Havana on Wednesday. He was 102, just two days short of his 103rd birthday.

“Connie” Marrero, as he was known in the States, was renowned for his control and his presence on the mound despite standing just 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 158 pounds.

What Marrero lacked in heat he made up for with a tricky repertoire of breaking balls, knucklers and other off-speed pitches. He also had a quirky windup that Felipe Alou once likened to “a cross between a windmill gone berserk and a mallard duck trying to fly backwards.”

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