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Dick Larsen is one of two 2005 inductees into the A’s Hall of Fame. Larsen played from 1967 through 1972 and was an instrumental performer.
Larsen, who died in 2002 at his home in Horicon, had a career .311 average and .458 slugging percentage. He led the club in home runs four straight years, and in slugging percentage twice. He hit .326 or better in four of his six years.
Larsen’s best year overall was in 1970 when he hit .333 and drove in 34 runs with five doubles, three triples and five home runs. His best year for average was 1972 when he hit .350 in 31 games.
Larsen played a key role in those early A’s years that rejuvenated baseball in the city after the team took a leave of absence in 1966, reorganized in 1967 under the sponsorship of Andersen’s Sport Shop, and fought the on-going struggles dealing with the antiquated Legion Park.
Chuck Zeichert, who managed Larsen said, the impact Dick Larsen had on and off the field during the early years of the A’s cannot be measured or forgotten.