HAVANA, April 23 ( Xinhua) -- Cuba's oldest professional baseball player Conrado Marrero, who participated in the U.S. major leagues, died here Wednesday at home due to various ailments at the age of 102, his grandson Rogelio Marrero confirmed to Xinhua.
The former pitcher, considered a legend of the international baseball, was very sick and just ceased breathing two days before his 103 birthday, according to Rogelio.
Conrado Marrero, born on April 25, 1911 in the town of Laberinto, central province of Villa Clara, was known among Cubans as "El Guajiro de Laberinto" (the farmer from Laberinto).
His professional career started in 1946 with the Indians from Juarez (Mexico), where he scored 24 wins in a single season.
He joined the U.S. majors on April 21, 1950, and spent five seasons until he was 43, and retired.
Conrado Marrero represented Cuba in five World Series.
Since 1958 he devoted to coaching and training younger baseball generations.
He was granted the award of "National Hero of Labor" in 1999.