Wednesday, January 8, 2014

1961 Fleer Baseball Greats #56 Dolf Luque

Dolf Luque appears on card # 56 in the 1961 Fleer Baseball Greats set. My card, pictured above is graded PSA 8.5.

Dolf Luque was one of the early “white” players to come from Cuba during the period when baseball excluded blacks from playing. He played for the Boston Braves (1914-1915), the Cincinnati Reds (1918 – 1929), the Brooklyn Robins (1930-1931) and the New York Giants (1932 – 1935).

Luque led the NL in losses in 1922 with 22 losses and then turned around to lead the league in wins and ERA the next year. In 1923, he had 27 wins with a 1.93 ERA. Luque also led the league in ERA in 1925 with a 2.63 ERA.

Luque became a very good mentor in his later playing years and became a pitching coach for the Giants after his career ended.

Luque had a career record of 194 wins and 179 losses with a 3.24 ERA. He played on 3 different World Series champs in 1914, 1919 and 1933.

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