In February 1930,
just before spring training, Luque was sold to
Brooklyn. He pitched two seasons for the Dodgers
and went to the Giants in 1932. He worked four
seasons for them and, finally at the age of 45,
retired as a player to become a New York coach.
Luque went back to
his native Cuba where he was a legend, known by
everyone. He died in July of 1957, prompting New York
Frank Graham to
"It's hard to
believe. Adolfo Luque was much too strong, too
tough, too determined to die at this age of 66
... he died of a heart attack. Did he? It sounds
absurd. Luque's heart failed him in the clutch?
It never did before. How many close ball games
did he pitch? How many did he win ... or lose?
When he won, it was sometimes on his heart. When
he lost, it was never because his heart had
missed a beat. Some enemy hitter got lucky or
some idiot playing behind Luque fumbled a ground
ball or dropped a sinking liner or was our of
position so that he did not make the catch that
should have been so easy for him."