Walter John Lutzke
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 175 lb.
- Debut April 18, 1923
- Final Game September 13, 1927
- Born November 17, 1897 in Milwaukee, WI USA
- Died March 6, 1938 in Granville, WI USA
Rube Lutzke played five years in the American League, all for the Cleveland Indians in the 1920s. He also had a minor league career which included playing at Newark in 1928 under manager Walter Johnson and in 1929 under manager Tris Speaker.
Lutzke was called "happy-go-lucky" by one newspaperman.
He missed some time in 1924 because of illness.
After his minor league days he played independent and city-league baseball in Milwaukee.
Lutzke, while a weak hitter in the majors, had defensive ability. He had big hands and could hold seven baseballs at one time in one hand.
A genealogical site has a post saying that Lutzke married a woman named Kuenn who was related to Harvey Kuenn, and that Lutzke had a role in teaching Kuenn how to play ball when Kuenn was small. Lutzke family.
After baseball he ran a tavern.
One source: Rube Lutzke obituary.