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The world’s oldest living former Major League Baseball player Conrado Marrero just celebrated his 102nd birthday and it still looks like he has plenty of gas left in the tank. I can’t recall someone who chomps a cigar with that kind of intensity.

According to SNTV:

Marrero is the oldest living former Major League Baseball player, and he celebrated with family and friends at his modest Havana apartment.

The former Washington Senator player is also celebrating a pay out from his days of playing baseball in the United States.

After a long wait, he finally received a 20,000 dollar pay out from MLB, granted to players who played between 1947 and 1979.

The money had been held up since 2011 due to issues surrounding the 51-year-old US embargo on Cuba, which prohibits most bank transfers to the Communist-run island.

Marrero played in amateur and semi-professional baseball events in the early 1930s.

By the time he reached the big leagues, Marrero was already 39, an age when most other players had long since retired, but he was still named in the 1951 All-Star team.

After his stint in the big leagues, Marrero came back to Cuba, ending his career with the Havana Sugar Kings in 1957.

[Big League Stew]