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141. Dolf Luque
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: August 4, 1890 in La Habana, La Cuba
  • Weight: 160 lbs.
  • Height: 5'7"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: May 20, 1914
  • Final Game: April 26, 1935
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1923
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1923
 
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Adolfo Domingo De Guzman “Dolf” Luque was a Cuban baseball legend who played in the Cuban Winter League from 1912 to 1945.  For our purposes, Luque played in the Majors from 1914 to 1935 and was a long-time star for the Cincinnati Reds.

While prejudice ran rampant in baseball, Luque gained a pass as a fair-skinned blue-eyed Cuban.  After a few games with the Boston Braves (1914 & 1915), he found a home for a dozen years with the Cincinnati Reds.  Luque had a phenomenal year in 1923, where he led the National League in Wins (27), ERA (1.93), and FIP (2.94).  He would later win a second ERA Title in 1925.  From 1919 to 1928, Luque would always have at least 10 Wins.

The Cuban would finish his career with the Brooklyn Robins and New York Giants.  He retired in 1935 with a record of 194-179.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Havana, Cuba
  • Eligible In: Wednesday, 01 January 1941
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: Boston Braves, Brooklyn Robins, Cincinnati Reds, New York Giants
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Highest bWAR for Pitchers (1) (NL) (1923)
    Lowest ERA (2) (NL) (1923 & 1925)
    Most Wins (1) (NL) (1923) 
    Lowest WHIP (1) (NL) (1925)
    Lowest H/9 (3) (NL) (1920, 1923 & 1925)
    Most Shutouts (3) (NL) (1921, 1923 & 1925) 
    Highest ERA+ (2) (NL) (1923 & 1925)
    Lowest FIP (1) (NL) (1923)
    Highest Win Probability Added (2) (NL) (1923 & 1925)
    World Series Rings (2) (Cincinnati Reds 1919 & 1933) 

  • Other Points of Note:

    6 Top Ten Finishes (ERA)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Wins)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (WHIP)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (H/9)
    1 Top Ten Finish (BB/9)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (SO/9
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Games Pitched)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Saves)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)                 
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Shutouts) 
    5 Top Ten Finishes (SO/BB)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Games Finished)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (ERA+)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (FIP)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Pitchers)

  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    39. Win Probability Added: 29.2

  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

    1937: 0.5%
    1938: 0.4%
    1939: 0.4%
    1950: 0.6%
    1952: 0.4%
    1953: 0.4%
    1956: 0.5%
    1958: 5.8%
    1960: 1.5%

  • Should be Inducted As A: Cincinnati Red
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