Adolfo Domingo De Guzman Luque
(The Pride Of Havana)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 7", Weight 160 lb.
- Debut May 20, 1914
- Final Game April 26, 1935
- Born August 4, 1890 in Havana, Cuba
- Died July 3, 1957 in Havana, Cuba
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.
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.
- 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)
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|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|
- Peter C. Bjarkman: "Adolfo 'Dolf' Luque", in Bill Nowlin, ed.: The Miracle Braves of 1914: Boston's Original Worst-to-First World Series Champions, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2014, pp. 102-112. ISBN 978-1-933599-69-4