HOUSTON -- Former Astros player, manager and broadcaster Larry Dierker will be inducted into the Houston Baseball Media Wall of Honor on Sept. 22 at Minute Maid Park. The induction will fall on his 73rd birthday and the 55th anniversary of his Major League debut with the Colt .45s.
Each season, a current or former Houston media member is inducted into the Houston Baseball Media Wall of Honor for significant and lasting contributions to the landscape of Houston baseball through their work in journalism or broadcasting. The winner is chosen in voting by local media.
Dierker had an esteemed broadcasting career, calling Astros games on radio and television for a total of 20 seasons (1979-96, 2004-05) over two stints in the booth. This followed his 14-year playing career, including 13 seasons with the Astros (1964-77). Dierker also has the distinction of moving directly from the broadcast booth to the managerial position, which he did in 1997. He went on to lead the Astros to four playoff appearances (1997-99, 2001) in his five seasons as manager.
Since 2005, Dierker has filled a variety of roles with the Astros, including appearances on club broadcasts, writing for team publications and serving as an Astros community outreach executive and as a special advisor to the club. He’s also penned two books and has published over 500 “Baseball Library” episodes. Earlier this year, he was inducted into the Astros Hall of Fame as a member of the inaugural class.
Dierker’s plaque will hang in the press box alongside previous inductees Anita Martini (2007), Gene Elston (2008), Neil Hohlfeld (2009), Mickey Herskowitz (2010), Bill Brown (2011), Milo Hamilton (2012), René Cárdenas (2013), Alex Treviño (2014), Harry Shattuck (2015), Mark Berman (2016), Bob Allen (2017) and Karen Warren (2018).