Here’s an odd and harrowing incident in the career of Adolfo Luque (from the Baltimore Sun, October 13, 1922). Seems he had a little trouble navigating his way through the Everglades on his way back to Cuba:
Pure, reckless speculation: this was of course during Prohibition, and the coast of southern Florida was a prime entry point for bootleggers bringing liquor into the United States, especially from Cuba. Could Luque’s missing two days have had anything to do with some kind of smuggling operation? Ballplayers didn’t make so much money then that they would have been indifferent to the potential payoff, and Luque, who regularly traveled between the U.S. and Cuba, would have been in a very good position to help something like this come off.
Let me repeat that there is zero evidence, just my overactive imagination. Also, as this was just a couple of years after the Black Sox scandal, you’d think that Landis and company would have been hypervigilant about contact between players and anyone even vaguely redolent of organized crime. On the other hand, they didn’t like Luque playing winter ball, either, and that never stopped him.