Listed below are the 2019 nominees for the Houston Baseball Media Wall of Honor. The Astros began the Wall of Honor in 2007, when Anita Martini was chosen as the inaugural inductee. She’s been followed by Gene Elston (2008), Neil Hohlfeld (2009), Mickey Herskowitz (2010), Bill Brown (2011), Milo Hamilton (2012), Rene Cardenas (2013), Alex Treviño (2014), Harry Shattuck (2015), Mark Berman (2016), Bob Allen (2017) and Karen Warren (2018).
All media with a season credential to cover the Astros may vote for a nominee by either emailing Steve Grande at [email protected] or by returning the form to any member of the Astros communications staff. Please keep in mind that you are only allowed one vote in this process, which will be kept confidential.
Your ballot/vote must be submitted no later than Thursday, Aug. 22.
The five nominees for 2019 are as follows:
____Larry Dierker - Following a remarkable 14-year playing career, including 13 seasons with the Astros (1964-77), Dierker was hired to the club’s radio and television broadcast teams in 1979. He worked on both platforms for a total of 20 seasons (1979-96, 2004-05) over two stints in the booth. Dierker 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 Astros.com and for the Astros Gameday magazine, and serving as an Astros Community Outreach Executive and as a Special Advisor to the club. He was inducted into the inaugural Astros Hall of Fame Class on Aug. 3.
____Kevin Eschenfelder - A native Houstonian, Eschenfelder is in his 23rd season as the Astros pre and postgame host for their television rightsholder. Now in his 29th year working in the Houston media market, Eschenfelder got his start in 1991 at Fox Sports Net, covering all three of Houston’s major professional sports teams. He began hosting the Astros and Rockets pre and postgame shows in 1997 for Fox Sports Southwest, before continuing in that role for FS Houston, Comcast SportsNet Houston and AT&T SportsNet Southwest. In addition to his current pre and postgame duties for Astros games, Eschenfelder fills in on the Astros television broadcasts as a play-by-play announcer. A graduate of the University of Houston, Eschenfelder has been the radio voice of the University of Houston Football team since 2013.
____Tim Melton - During his 32-year tenure at KTRK Channel 13 as a sports anchor and reporter, Melton covered some of the most exciting moments in Astros history while bringing the club’s success into the living rooms of fans all across Houston and the surrounding areas. Melton built relationships with many Astros players during the club’s playoff runs in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and covered the Astros first-ever pennant in 2005. In addition to his coverage of the Astros, Melton chronicled many of the best Houston high school baseball and softball stories over the years. Prep standouts that he covered include Josh Beckett, Greg Swindell and Cat Osterman, who he followed during her days at Cy Springs and with the Olympic Gold medal-winning Team USA in 2004. Melton’s career at KTRK came to an end in 2013 after he suffered a stroke while working on the station’s coverage of the Texans.
____Barry Warner - After arriving in Houston in 1966 as a scout hired by American Football League Commissioner Al Davis, Warner put together one of the longest and most impactful radio careers in the Houston media market. He began his career as a sportscaster in Buffalo, N.Y. in the late 1950s, and returned to the airwaves in 1975 at KLYX and as the sports director at KIKK in Houston. Warner became a fixture on Houston radio and television for over 40 years, working for at least nine radio stations covering the Astros and all of the Houston sports teams. He most recently served stints at ESPN 97.5 FM and Sports Radio 610 AM, a station he helped put on the map with the launching of his “Sportsmouth” show. In addition to his work on the airwaves, Warner served as a mentor to many aspiring media members who have gone on to have successful careers in the Houston market.
____Bill Worrell - In a broadcasting career that has spanned over 40 years, Worrell served as an analyst on Astros telecasts from 1985-2004, a run that featured seven Astros playoff teams. A graduate of the University of Houston, Worrell covered the Astros from 1974-80 while at KPRC Channel 2, where he served as Sports Director. During his time at KPRC, Worrell received six “Best Sportscaster” awards from the United Press International and the Texas Association of Broadcasters. Now in his 35th season as a play-by-play announcer for Houston Rockets telecasts, Worrell won a Lone Star Emmy for Best Play-By-Play Announcer in 2011 for his work on the Rockets broadcasts.