gil hodges (1948-1959)
norm larker (1960-1961)norm! larker (shown on his 1961 topps card) took over for hodges in 1960 and promptly went out and finished second in the national league batting race, .002 behind dick groat and .004 ahead of willie mays. he was an all-star that year, but came back to earth in 1961, hitting .270 in just 95 games. he was drafted by the colt .45's in the expansion draft prior to the 1962 season, and he became the very first first baseman in houston's history. if there were an astros blogger out there doing this same sort of post, larker would be at the very start.
ron fairly (1962-1964)
wes parker (1965-1972)
bill buckner (1973)
steve garvey (1974-1982)there aren't a lot of steve garvey cards from his playing days that i haven't shown on the blog yet, but that 1980 kellogg's card is one of them. the garv took over the first baseman's job and wound up winning the all-star game and national league mvp awards in 1974. he held on to the job until he left the club as a free agent following the 1982 season, amassing 8 consecutive all-star starts, 4 gold gloves, 4 pennants, and a world series championship during that 9-year span.
greg brock (1983-1986)brock, shown on his 1986 o-pee-chee card, was a triple-a phenom who had the misfortune of being asked to replace garvey in the dodgers' lineup and maybe even continue the dodgers' string of rookies of the year (they had owned the award since rick sutcliffe won it in 1979, with steve howe winning in 1980, fernando valenzuela in 1981, and steve sax in 1982). unfortunately, brock hit just .224 with 20 homers in 146 games in his rookie year, finishing 7th in the 1983 nl rookie of the year balloting. the dodgers still won the west, however, and brock was 0 for 9 in his first taste of postseason play. the following season, he hit .225 while playing in only 88 games, but still spent more time at first than anybody else. in 1985, he helped the dodgers return to the postseason with what may have been his best season with the dodgers - he hit .251 with 21 homers and 66 rbi in 129 games. he got his only postseason hit of his career that year, a home run in game 2 of the nlcs. he was hitless in his other 11 at bats of the series. following another lackluster season, brock was traded to the brewers for a couple of tims - crews and leary.
franklin stubbs (1987-1988)
eddie murray (1989-1991)