Norm Larker - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Oct 10, 1961:Drafted Norm Larker(IF) from LA-N in Regular Phase of 1961 Expansion Draft
Nov 30, 1962:Traded Norm Larker(IF) to Mil-N for Jim Bolger(OF) and Connie Grob(P)

This Date in Astros History

Dec 27, 1930:Norm Larker is born in Beaver Meadows, PA. Nicknamed "Dumbo" for his big ears, the fiery first baseman hits .263 with nine homers during Houston's inaugural season. He dies on March 12, 2007 of cancer in Long Beach, CA.
Jan 29, 1962:Manager Harry Craft and General Manager Paul Richards begin the first winter publicity caravan in team history, starting in Victoria. The team has had one every year since then, touring cities throughout Texas and Louisiana. Among the other travelers are infielders Norm Larker, Bob Aspromonte, Don Buddin and Joey Amalfitano and broadcaster Gene Elston. This year's tour also makes a stop in Monterrey, Mexico.
Apr 17, 1962:Don Buddin's three-run blast in the 11th inning gives Houston their first road win in franchise history, a 5-2 victory over the Mets at the Polo Grounds. Norm Larker hit a two-run shot to account for the earlier runs.
May 18, 1962:Ken Johnson gives up a game-tying homer to Willie McCovey in the bottom of the ninth but singles home Carl Warwick in the tenth for a 3-2 victory. Norm Larker also homers for Houston.
Aug 1, 1962:Losing takes its toll on the expansion Colt .45s, blanked by Milwaukee, 3-0. With a chance to tie in the eighth, Norm Larker is rung up on strikes then tossed out when he argues with umpire Augie Donatelli. Al Spangler gets the heave ho as well. Larker returns to the dugout and tosses 18 bats onto the field in a tirade. The league fines him $75 and he retorts it was worth every penny.
Nov 30, 1962:Righthander Don Nottebart is purchased from the Milwaukee Braves on the advice of ex-teammate Don McMahon. Nottebart's three-year record in Houston is 21-34, including the franchise's first no-hitter. Infielders Norm Larker and Joey Amalfitano are also traded in two separate deals for four players who do not make Houston's roster. Larker is swapped to the Braves while Amalfitano is shipped to the Giants.