The hustling lefthander, who overcame the loss of a kidney, was considered as a fine
fielder but an ordinary hitter until 1960. Suddenly, his line drives fell in, and
he finished with a .323 batting average, within one hit of the NL batting crown won
by Dick Groat. He never came close to matching his '60 season and was out of the
majors three years later.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»July 23rd, 1958: Dodger Norm Larker hits a ball just inside the 1B line, which the Pirates believe to be foul. When umpire Vic Delmore signals it fair, P Bob Porterfield picks up the ball from where it had rolled into the bullpen. Though not playing, Porterfield is ejected for intentional interference with a ball in play. Larker is safe on 2B. The Dodgers still lose 11-3 in the doubleheader opener and are now in last place.