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Norm Larker

Norman Howard John Larker

Positions: First Baseman and Leftfielder
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: December 27, 1930 in Beaver Meadows, PA
High School: Hazleton HS (Hazleton, PA) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 15, 1958 (Age 27.109, 9,111th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1958 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Dodgers/Colt.45's/Braves/Giants 1958-1963

Last Game: September 28, 1963 (Age 32.275)
Died: March 12, 2007 in Long Beach, CA
Buried: All Souls Cemetery, Long Beach, CA
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Standard Batting

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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1958 27 LAD NL 99 291 253 32 70 16 5 4 29 1 1 29 21 .277 .352 .427 .779 102 108 8 3 1 5 0 73/9
1959 28 LAD NL 108 351 311 37 90 14 1 8 49 0 1 26 25 .289 .344 .418 .762 97 130 12 2 8 4 1 37/9
1960 ★ 29 LAD NL 133 493 440 56 142 26 3 5 78 1 0 36 24 .323 .368 .430 .798 113 189 9 1 7 9 2 *3/7 AS,MVP-15
1961 30 LAD NL 97 312 282 29 76 16 1 5 38 0 0 24 22 .270 .326 .387 .712 83 109 11 1 2 3 7 3/9
1962 31 HOU NL 147 590 506 58 133 19 5 9 63 1 1 70 47 .263 .358 .374 .732 103 189 10 7 4 3 7 *3/7
1963 32 TOT NL 83 193 161 15 27 6 0 1 14 0 2 26 26 .168 .288 .224 .512 51 36 3 2 1 2 2 3
1963 32 MLN NL 64 177 147 15 26 6 0 1 14 0 2 24 24 .177 .297 .238 .535 57 35 2 2 1 2 2 3
1963 32 SFG NL 19 16 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 .071 .188 .071 .259 -22 1 1 0 0 0 0 3
6 Yrs 667 2230 1953 227 538 97 15 32 271 3 5 211 165 .275 .347 .390 .736 97 761 53 16 23 26 19
162 Game Avg. 162 542 474 55 131 24 4 8 66 1 1 51 40 .275 .347 .390 .736 97 185 13 4 6 6 5
LAD (4 yrs) 437 1447 1286 154 378 72 10 22 194 2 2 115 92 .294 .350 .417 .767 100 536 40 7 18 21 10
SFG (1 yr) 19 16 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 .071 .188 .071 .259 -22 1 1 0 0 0 0
MLN (1 yr) 64 177 147 15 26 6 0 1 14 0 2 24 24 .177 .297 .238 .535 57 35 2 2 1 2 2
HOU (1 yr) 147 590 506 58 133 19 5 9 63 1 1 70 47 .263 .358 .374 .732 103 189 10 7 4 3 7

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1958 27 LAD NL 99 291 4 -1 1 0 -3 -0 -0.1 11 11 1.0 .500 .500 1.1 -0.4 10 73/9
1959 28 LAD NL 108 351 -1 0 -1 3 -5 -3 -0.3 13 10 1.0 .497 .498 0.8 -0.2 8 $10,000 37/9
1960 ★ 29 LAD NL 133 493 8 -1 2 5 -6 8 0.8 19 27 2.7 .507 .505 2.2 -0.1 21 $17,000 *3/7 AS,MVP-15
1961 30 LAD NL 97 312 -8 0 0 1 -4 -11 -1.1 12 1 0.1 .489 .493 -0.0 -0.3 0 $24,000 3/9
1962 31 HOU NL 147 590 4 -2 1 -6 -8 -12 -1.2 22 10 1.0 .491 .492 1.6 -1.4 16 *3/7
1963 32 MLN NL 64 177 -7 -1 0 2 -2 -7 -0.8 7 -0 -0.1 .488 .495 -0.4 0.1 -2 3
1963 32 SFG NL 19 16 -2 0 -0 -1 -0 -3 -0.4 1 -2 -0.3 .481 .498 -0.2 -0.1 -2 3
6 Seasons 667 2230 -1 -5 2 5 -29 -28 -3.1 84 56 5.5 .496 .497 5.0 -2.4 52 $51,000
LAD (4 yrs) 437 1447 4 -2 2 10 -19 -5 -0.7 55 49 4.8 .499 .500 4.0 -1.0 40 $51,000
SFG (1 yr) 19 16 -2 0 -0 -1 -0 -3 -0.4 1 -2 -0.3 .481 .498 -0.2 -0.1 -2
MLN (1 yr) 64 177 -7 -1 0 2 -2 -7 -0.8 7 -0 -0.1 .488 .495 -0.4 0.1 -2
HOU (1 yr) 147 590 4 -2 1 -6 -8 -12 -1.2 22 10 1.0 .491 .492 1.6 -1.4 16

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1959 ❍ 28 LAD NL WS CHW W 6 18 16 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 .188 .278 .188 .465 3 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 6 18 16 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 .188 .278 .188 .465 3 0 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

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Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
1958 LAD NL 27 OF 43 43 22 327.0 65 61 3 1 0 .985 1 5 1.76 1.49 .980 2.26 2.25
1958 LAD NL 27 LF 41 41 20 311.0 62 58 3 1 0 .984 2 8 1.77 1.49 .975 2.01 2.00
1958 LAD NL 27 1B 35 22 16 186.1 196 178 14 4 18 .980 -1 -7 9.27 5.49 .990 9.54 9.49
1958 LAD NL 27 RF 2 2 2 16.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -45 1.69 1.50 .977 2.02 2.00
1959 LAD NL 28 1B 55 50 43 456.1 503 456 42 5 53 .990 -1 -2 9.82 9.05 .988 9.58 9.48
1959 LAD NL 28 OF 30 30 10 220.0 41 35 6 0 0 1.000 4 20 1.68 1.37 .977 2.21 2.19
1959 LAD NL 28 LF 23 23 10 179.0 39 34 5 0 0 1.000 3 17 1.96 1.70 .971 2.03 2.01
1959 LAD NL 28 RF 7 7 0 41.0 6 5 1 0 0 1.000 1 29 1.32 0.86 .978 1.95 1.93
1960 LAD NL 29 1B 119 112 57 933.2 1001 914 80 7 81 .993 5 7 9.58 8.35 .990 9.57 9.55 AS,MVP-15
1960 LAD NL 29 LF 2 1 0 7.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0 17 2.57 1.00 .975 1.93 2.00 AS,MVP-15
1960 LAD NL 29 OF 2 1 0 7.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 0 17 3.86 1.50 .977 2.19 2.20 AS,MVP-15
1961 LAD NL 30 1B 86 79 37 633.0 644 589 52 3 68 .995 1 3 9.11 7.45 .990 9.82 9.72
1961 LAD NL 30 OF 1 0 0 5.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -96 0.00 0.00 2.16 2.10
1961 LAD NL 30 RF 1 0 0 5.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -96 0.00 0.00 1.98 1.90
1962 HOU NL 31 1B 135 130 111 1144.1 1262 1148 103 11 103 .991 -6 -7 9.84 9.27 .990 9.79 9.70
1962 HOU NL 31 LF 6 5 1 36.0 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -3 1.25 0.83 .968 1.80 1.80
1962 HOU NL 31 OF 6 5 1 36.0 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -3 1.25 0.83 .974 2.08 2.05
1963 TOT NL 32 1B 53 36 21 334.2 384 344 35 5 26 .987 2 6 10.19 7.15 .989 9.81 9.78
1963 MLN NL 32 1B 42 35 21 310.2 356 320 33 3 23 .992 2 8 10.23 8.40 .989 9.81 9.78
1963 SFG NL 32 1B 11 1 0 24.0 28 24 2 2 3 .929 -1 -30 9.75 2.36 .989 9.82 9.78
6 Seasons 1B 483 429 285 3688.1 3990 3629 326 35 349 .991 0 0 9.65 8.19 .990 9.70 9.64
5 Seasons OF 82 79 33 595.0 114 104 9 1 0 .991 5 9 1.71 1.38 .979 2.23 2.21
4 Seasons LF 72 70 31 533.0 108 99 8 1 0 .991 5 10 1.81 1.49 .973 2.00 1.99
3 Seasons RF 10 9 2 62.0 9 8 1 0 0 1.000 -0 -0 1.31 0.90 .978 1.97 1.94
6 Seasons TOT 565 508 318 4283.1 4104 3733 335 36 349 .991 5 1 8.55 7.20 .989 8.66 8.56
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1960 NL (15, 6%)
0.06 Career Shares (1092nd)

Batting Average s c a p y
1960 NL  .323 (2nd)

On-Base% s c a p y
1960 NL  .368 (8th)

Doubles s c a p y
1960 NL  26 (10th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1962 NL  70 (10th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1960 NL  .635 (10th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1962 NL  7 (8th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1959 NL  8 (10th)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1960 NL  9 (3rd)

AB per SO s c a p y
1960 NL  18.3 (2nd)
1962 NL  10.8 (10th)

Putoutss c a p y
1960 NL  917 (5th)
1962 NL  1,153 (4th)

Def. Games as 1B s c a p y
1960 NL  119 (4th)
1962 NL  135 (4th)

Putouts as 1B s c a p y
1960 NL  914 (5th)
1962 NL  1,148 (4th)

Assists as 1B s c a p y
1960 NL  80 (3rd)
1962 NL  103 (2nd)

Errors Committed as 1B s c a p y
1962 NL  11 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as 1B s c a p y
1960 NL  81 (5th)
1962 NL  103 (4th)

Total Zone Runs as 1B s c a p y
1960 NL  5 (2nd)
1961 NL  1 (5th)

Range Factor/9Inn as 1Bs c a p y
1960 NL  9.58 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as 1B s c a p y
1962 NL  9.27 (3rd)

Fielding % as 1B s c a p y
1960 NL  .993 (2nd)
1962 NL  .991 (4th)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 8 (1569), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 8 (1285), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 7 (1980), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS First Base (260th), 5.5 career WAR/5.5 7yr-peak WAR/5.5 JAWS
Average HOF 1B (out of 19) = 65.9 career WAR/42.4 7yr-peak WAR/54.2 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1959 28 Los Angeles Dodgers $10,000 ? 2/10/60 TSN
1960 29 Los Angeles Dodgers $17,000 ? 2/10/60 TSN
1961 30 Los Angeles Dodgers $24,000 ? 2/1/61 TSN
Career to date (may be incomplete)$51,000
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

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