All-time best Reds starting rotation based on WAR

It's quite likely that most Reds fans have never heard of these pitchers before.
Bucky Walters wide-eyed and displaying the uniform
Bucky Walters wide-eyed and displaying the uniform / File, Cincinnati Enquirer via Imagn
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5. Dolf Luque, Reds right-handed pitcher (42.6 WAR)

Dolf Luque spent 20 years in the major leagues before finally retiring from the game in 1935. The right-hander began his career in 1913 with the Boston Braves and eventually made his way to the Reds franchise in 1918.

Luque is actually a two-time World Series champion. The right-hander was part of the Cincinnati Reds team that won the infamous 1919 World Championship over the Chicago White Sox. Luque also was part of the 1933 New York Giants team that won the title.

Luque uniquely led the league in loss (23) in 1922, only to turn around and lead the league in wins (27) a year later. Luque also led the league in ERA (1.93) in 1923 while posting six shutouts. While some of Luque's success came during the dead-ball era, don't let that detract from the fact that he was one of better hurlers of his generation.

Dolf Luque twice led the league in ERA and over the course of his 20-year career, the right-hander 26 shutouts, 24 of which came while playing for the Cincinnati Reds. Like so many on this list, today's fan probably doesn't recognize the name Dolf Luque, but he was one of the best pitchers in Reds history.

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