Norm Larker Died in California

Former Dodger outfielder and first baseman Norm Larker passed away recently at the age of 76. Larker played in 437 games for the Dodgers from 1958-1961 and collected three hits in the 1959 World Series.

Larker never hit over .289 in his career but had a huge season in 1960, finishing second in the 1960 NL batting race (.323), second only to MVP Dick Grote of Pittsburgh (.325) and finishing ahead of Willie Mays (.319) of San Francisco, Roberto Clemente of Pittsburgh (.314) and Ken Boyer of St. Louis (.304), all who would become Hall of Famers.

As the 1960 season wore on, Larker held a slim lead in the batting race but struggled to get the necessary plate appearances. He finally got the necessary times at bat but faided down the stretch, just a little, and lost the championship.

Larker not only finished second in the N.L. batting race, he was second in strikeouts per at bat (18.2), eighth in hit by pitches (7), eighth in on-base percentage (.368), ninth in sac flys (9), and 10th in walks (70) and doubles (26).

His Dodger record:
year  ave   gms   ab-h    2b  3b  hr  bi
1958  .277   99  253-70   16  5  4  29
1959  .289  108  311-90   14  1  8  49  
1960  .323  133  440-142  26  3  5  78  
1961  .270   97  282-76   16  1  5  38
He was traded to Houston in 1962 and hit .263 over 147 games and in 1963 he played for Montreal and San Francisco, hitting only .168 between them.

Over his career he played 667 games, hit 32 homers and drove in 271 runs, posting a .275 average.

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