- Norm Larker
Norm Larker First baseman Born: December 27, 1930
Beaver Meadows, Pennsylvania
Died: March 12, 2007(aged 76)
Long Beach, California
Batted: Left Threw: Left MLB debut April 15, 1958 for the Los Angeles Dodgers Last MLB appearance September 28, 1963 for the San Francisco Giants Career statistics Batting average .275 Home runs 32 Runs batted in 271 Teams Career highlights and awards
- 1959 World Series Championship
- 1960 National League All-Star
Norman Howard John Larker (December 27, 1930 - March 12, 2007) was a first baseman/outfielder who played in Major League Baseball from 1958 through 1963. Listed at 6' 0", 185 lbs., Larker batted and threw left-handed. He was born in Beaver Meadows, Pennsylvania.
Larker played in the minor leagues even before 1950. He reached the majors in 1958 with the Dodgers –the first season that they played in Los Angeles–, spending four years with them before moving to the Houston Colt .45's (1962), Milwaukee Braves (1963), and San Francisco Giants (1963).
As a 27-year-old rookie, Larker hit .277 with a .427 slugging percentage in 99 games, mostly as an outfielder. He later became the regular first baseman for the Dodgers in replacement of Gil Hodges. His most productive season came in 1960, when he finished second in the National League batting race with a .323 average and was selected to the All-Star Game. As a member of the original Colt .45's in 1962, he collected career-highs in home runs (9), triples (5) and runs (58), while leading the team in doubles (19) and on base percentage (.358); tied for the team-lead in walks (70), and hit .263 on a team that posted a collective .246. average. He also was a member of the 1959 World Champion Dodgers and was considered in the 1960 National League MVP vote.
In a six-season career, Larker was a .275 hitter (538-for-1953) with 32 home runs and 271 RBI in 667 games, including 227 runs, 97 doubles, 15 triples, and three stolen bases. He also collected a .347 OBP and a solid 1.28 walk-to-strikeout ratio (211-to-165).
Larker died in Long Beach, California, at the age of 76.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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Los Angeles Dodgers 1959 World Series Champions2 Don Demeter | 4 Duke Snider | 5 Norm Larker | 6 Carl Furillo | 8 Ron Fairly | 9 Wally Moon | 14 Gil Hodges | 16 Danny McDevitt | 19 Jim Gilliam | 20 Rip Repulski | 22 Johnny Podres | 23 Don Zimmer | 29 Chuck Essegian | 30 Maury Wills | 32 Sandy Koufax | 35 Johnny Klippstein | 38 Roger Craig | 40 Stan Williams | 41 Clem Labine | 43 Charlie Neal | 44 Johnny Roseboro | 45 Chuck Churn | 51 Larry Sherry (World Series MVP) | 53 Don Drysdale | 58 Joe Pignatano
Manager 24 Walter Alston
Coaches: 1 Pee Wee Reese | 7 Chuck Dressen | 31 Greg Mulleavy | 33 Joe Becker
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