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Gonzalo Luque
Gonzalo in 1999
Gonzalo Luque
Portrayed by Shalim Ortiz
Episode Stealing Home
Status Deceased (1999)

Gonzalo Luque was a Cuban refugee and baseball star who was accidentally killed by his cousin, Juan de la Cruz.

History[]

Prior to 1998, Gonzalo married Piedad Luque and had a son, Andres Luque. After he had contact with American sports agent, Jaime Reyes, it caused the Cuban government to take baseball away from him. As a result, in 1998, Gonzalo arrived on Miami Beach along with Juan and a raft of other refugees. He was the only one who made it to land without being arrested. Not long after that, he was signed to play with the Phillies.

At first, Gonzalo didn't get along with his teammate Eric "Showtime" Hynes until they buried the hatchet to the point that the other man gave Gonzalo one of his bats. Showtime also introduced him to Marisol Acosta. However, Gonzalo still wanted to bring his family over and talked Jaime into paying for them to come over illegally. When Piedad arrived in Miami, she was being held and called Gonzalo, revealing that his parents were still back in Cuba due to Reyes switching them out for two ballplayers. Angered, Gonzalo then fired the man.

As he headed home, Gonzalo heard someone throwing baseballs so he stopped and learned that it was his cousin, Juan. After he tried to help Juan, his cousin grew angry and accidentally hit Gonzalo in the chest with a baseball bat as the man spoke in a furious rage about the torture he suffered in Cuba after being deported back there. Gonzalo went into cardiac arrest and died. Eddie St. John tried to loot Gonzalo's body but he was scared off by Juan's car and all he could take was the baseball bat. Gonzalo was dumped in an alley in the Badlands.

In 2009, Eddie tells the cold case team that Gonzalo was dead in the sandlot and not in the Badlands, thus reopening the investigation. After the case gets closed, Gonzalo's spirit appears to Piedad while she watches Andres play little league baseball.

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