On September 22, 2019 Astros Hall of Famer, Larry Dierker added another accolade to his storied baseball career. Dierker was inducted into the Houston Astros Media Wall of Honor. The Wall of Honor was established in 2007 to celebrate members of local media. The honorees have influenced and promoted the game of baseball. Each season, a group of peers votes in a current or former Houston media member for induction.
A Rewarding Career for Larry Dierker
Dierker, a former Astro’s player and manager, spent 19 years as a popular announcer for the Astros. As an Astros broadcaster, Dierker wore Hawaiian shirts, smoked cigars, and wrote a weekly baseball column for the Houston Chronicle.
He educated Houstonians on the game of baseball from the perspective of a player. His color commentary, while educational, also made listening fun. Along with broadcasting and having his own podcast, Larry has written two books, This Ain’t Brain Surgery: How to Win the Pennant Without Losing Your Mind and My Team: Choosing My Dream Team From My Forty Years in Baseball.
Giving Honor Where Honor is Due
The date of Larry’s induction also marked his 77th birthday celebration, as well as the 55th anniversary of his MLB debut! In his very first game as an 18-year-old, he kicked off his career with a bang, as he struck out the famed Willie Mays in the first inning.
In 2005, FSN Southwest Senior Vice President/General Manager Jon Heidtk said, “From playing to managing to broadcasting no one has represented the Astros better than Larry. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the telecasts and he’s able to connect so easily with the fans. No one has had a longer association with the team than Larry.”
Player, coach, author, writer, and local legend, Larry Dierker has definitely left his mark on Houston. Here at Convergent1, we want to extend our warmest heartfelt congratulations to Larry on another incredible career honor and personal feat!