Congratulations! Dierker Induction Into Astros Hall of Fame
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We just learned that this week the Houston Astros unveiled their Hall of Fame exhibit at Minute Maid Park. Not only that, the Astros organization named several players that they’re adding to their new exhibit; and one of those inductees happens to be Mr. Larry Dierker! At Convergent1, we’re extremely excited to share in the joy and great honor that the Astros are bestowing on Larry and the other honorary players.
In this article, we’d like to “Toot the Horn” on Larry’s behalf and share on his outstanding 40-year career! He’s amassed some really great stats over his career span, not only for his years as an MLB pitcher, but also as a sports broadcaster and commentator, Astros manager, accomplished author, and digital entrepreneur. Discover more below about this great Hall of Famer!
An Impressive Pitching Career
Larry Dierker, #49, started out his baseball career in 1964 playing for the Houston Astros when they were formerly known as the Colt .45s. He spent 14 years as an active player from 1964 – 1978. In 1969, Larry was the 1st ever Astro to win 20 games. He was also the Astro’s all-time leader to start 320 complete games. In addition, check out more of these impressive stats…
- Innings Pitched: 2295 with 25 shutouts
- Wins: 139
- Losses: 123
- Strikeouts: 1493
- ERA: 31
- Jersey #: 49 Retired in 2002
- Texas Sports Hall of Fame: Inducted 1998
- Astros Hall of Fame: 2019
Nearly Two Decades of Game Announcing & Commentating
From 1979 to 1996, Larry also held a prominent position as an announcer and commentator. During his 17-year span, his roles primarily consisted of Color Commentator and Sports Columnist. Larry called games during the regular season, as well as during the National League Division Series. He also announced games on NBC and ABC.
A Career in Management
Dierker served as the Astros manager from 1998 to 2001. During this short but sweet stent, Larry managed to lead the Astros to an 84-78 record, and land them a spot in the postseason for the first time in over a decade. By 1998, he was also named NL Manager of the Year. View more of this impressive record for the Rookie manager of that time:
- Wins: 135
- Losses: 348
- %: .556
- NL Central Champions: 4 Years
An Accomplished Author & Digital Entrepreneur
Larry has always been a writer, but the pen soon began to take prominence in the early 2000s. His first book, “This Ain’t Brain Surgery”, was published in 2003. He also wrote, “My Team: Choosing My Dream Team from My Forty Years in Baseball” in 2006, and is currently working on another one called, “The Big Boy’s Baseball Bathroom Book”, set to publish in 2019.
Along with writing and continuing to broadcast his Baseball commentary program on the radio, Larry is a digital entrepreneur. His podcast website is www.49sFastball.com, which consists of an iconic Baseball Stories library and historical record on all things MLB.
- Inventory: ~500
- Copyright: 49sFastball
- Historical Perspective: From the 1900s to 1995
In closing, please join us in congratulating and celebrating Larry Dierker on an amazing career and upcoming induction into the Houston Astros Hall of Fame!