Baseball Hall of Fame librarian Jim Gates said that distinction now goes to Mike Sandlock, a 98-year-old former catcher who played 195 games with the Braves, Dodgers and Pirates. Sandlock was born Oct. 17, 1915.
In recent years, Marrero received $30,000 from Major League Baseball under a payout program for players who were active between 1947 and 1979. The funds had been delayed for two years by complications related to the U.S. economic and financial embargo on Cuba.
Rogelio Marrero said his grandfather’s remains will be cremated and the family hopes to have his ashes rest in a pantheon for Cuban ballplayers.