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02/09/11 1:11 PM EST

Malinosky, oldest living player, dies at 101

LOS ANGELES -- Former Brooklyn Dodgers infielder Tony Malinosky, the oldest living former Major Leaguer, died Tuesday in Oxnard, Calif., at age 101.

Malinosky, originally signed by the Pirates, was sold to the Dodgers in 1936 and played 35 games for Brooklyn in 1937.

An Illinois native, Malinosky attended Whittier College and was a classmate of President Richard Nixon. Malinosky served in the United States Army and saw combat at the Battle of the Bulge.

In 2009, Malinosky was honored at Dodger Stadium on the eve of his 100th birthday.

The oldest living Major Leaguer now is believed to be 99-year-old Connie Marrero, born on April 25, 1911, in Cuba. Marrero, a pitcher, played in five seasons for the Washington Senators, winning 11 games twice.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.