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Adolfo Domingo De Guzman Luque
(The Pride Of Havana)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 7", Weight 160 lb.

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[edit] Biographical Information

Cover of a Cuban magazine showing Luque on the right, likely in 1947

Dolf Luque, The Pride of Havana, pitched 20 years in the majors. He was in two World Series (many years apart), and had a top season going 27-8 with the 1923 Cincinnati Reds. He won two ERA championships and twice led the league in winning percentage. At the end of his major league career he was the oldest player in the league two years running.

Luque also played and managed in Cuba. In 1923 with Havana he was a teammate of Pop Lloyd, Martin Dihigo and Cristobal Torriente. He pitched for 22 seasons in Cuba, winning over 100 games. A source said he led the Cuban league in batting one year.

Before coming to the majors, Luque had played two years in the Negro Leagues - but he was light-skinned and able to come to the majors afterwards.

After his playing career ended, Luque was a New York Giants coach from 1935 to 1938 and again from 1941 to 1945.

Aged 43, Luque was the oldest player ever to get his first postseason win. Dennis Eckersley and Kenny Rogers were 42 and 41 respectively.

Luque was a controversial individual. He once slugged Casey Stengel in the mouth after someone on Stengel's team had insulted Luque. Much later, when Luque was managing in Cuba and Tommy Lasorda was on his team, Lasorda said that Luque pulled out a gun in response to one of the other pitchers who was begging off pitching due to a sore arm. The pitcher changed his mind: "All you gotta do is give me the ball", he said then, and went out to pitch a two-hitter.

He was elected to the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame as part of its 2011 class.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 2-time NL ERA Leader (1923 & 1925)
  • NL Wins Leader (1923)
  • 2-time NL Winning Percentage Leader (1919 & 1923)
  • 3-time NL Shutouts Leader (1921, 1923 & 1925)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 3 (1921, 1923 & 1925)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 1 (1923)
  • 25 Wins Seasons: 1 (1923)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 9 (1920-1928)
  • 300 Innings Pitched Seasons: 2 (1921 & 1923)
  • Won two World Series with the Cincinnati Reds (1919) and the New York Giants (1933)

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1946 Pericos de Puebla Mexican League 52-46 3rd none
1947 Pericos de Puebla Mexican League 63-56 3rd none
1948 Azules de Veracruz Mexican League 43-43 5th none
1950 Águilas de Mexicali Sunset League 98-47 1st Lost League Finals
1951 Havana Cubans Florida International League 68-71 5th
1952 Águilas de Mexicali Southwest International League -- -- replaced by Virgilio Arteaga
1953 Tecolotes de Nuevo Laredo Mexican League 43-33 1st none League Champs
1954 Tecolotes de Nuevo Laredo Mexican League 56-24 1st none League Champs
1955 Tecolotes de Nuevo Laredo Mexican League 53-47 2nd Lost League Finals
1956 Leones de Yucatán Mexican League 55-63 3rd none

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