Saturday, April 21 marks the 62nd anniversary of Conrado Marrero’s big league debut with the Washington Senators. On this date in 1950 at Yankee Stadium Marrero replaced Jim Pearce in the bottom of the eighth frame with Yogi Berra standing on first base for the Yankees and Joe DiMaggio occupying third. The first batter than Marrero faced was Billy Johnson who rolled out to the second baseman while advancing Berra to second and scoring DiMaggio. Hank Bauer then singled scoring Berra from second. The Cuban ace (a few days short of turning 39 at the time) completed his first outing by retiring Jerry Coleman on a fly ball to center. The Yankees won the game 14-7 with Joe Page the winner in relief and Mickey Harris the losing hurler. Marrero would stick around the big leagues for five seasons and compile a lifetime 39-40 ledger. But far more remarkable yet is the fact that Connie Marrero is still hanging around in Havana as MLB’s oldest surviving veteran. Connie will turn 101 next week on April 25.
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