WHEN: Nov. 29. The show starts at 7 p.m., and doors will open at 6 p.m.
TICKETS: $35 – They go on sale, beginning Oct. 28 and can be purchased online. Click here to purchase.
All proceed will benefit Dierker’s favorite charity Literacy Advance of Houston.
LARRY DIERKER BIO:
In his first season as skipper of the Houston Astros, Larry Dierker guided his team to an 84-78 record, earning the team its first-ever National League Central division title and its first division title in 11 years. For his managerial efforts, Larry Dierker finished in third place behind San Francisco’s Dusty Baker and Pittsburgh’s Gene Lamont in the 1997 Manager of the Year balloting. Larry Dierker’s name has been associated with Major League Baseball in Houston almost since the inception of the club. A Los Angeles native who was an All-League baseball and basketball player at Taft (CA) High, he was courted by 17 other big league clubs before signing with the Houston Colt .45s in June of 1964. He made his major league debut in Colt Stadium on his 18th birthday (September 22, 1964) and struck out Willie Mays and Jim Hart in his first inning. Larry Dierker’s 14-year pitching career saw him become Houston’s first 20-game winner in 1969, the same year he pitched a club record 20 complete games. Dierker was named to the National League All-Star team for the 1969 game in RFK Stadium in Washington and the 1971 contest at Tiger Stadium in Detroit. He tossed the fifth no-hitter in franchise history on July 9, 1976 in the Astrodome against Montreal. After completing his career on the field in 1977, Larry Dierker directed the Group and Season Sales Office for the Astros. From 1979 until his appointment as manager, he had been the club’s principal color analyst on radio and television, in addition to making several network television appearances.
Jim Deshaies – former Astros pitcher and current color analyst on the telecast. In 2001, Deshaies ran a tongue-in-cheek campaign urging Baseball Writers Association of America voters to elect him to the Baseball Hall of Fame, even though he knew that he was not qualified for the honor. His goal was to get one vote in the Hall of Fame election, which succeeded when Houston Chronicle writer John Lopez voted for him.
Bill Brown – is a baseball announcer who has been with the Houston Astros since 1987. He is often called “Brownie” by his play by play partner Jim Deshaies. He has developed a reputation for being a solid broadcaster that often plays the part of the straight man to Deshaies’ humorous asides. Brown was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame on November 12. 2004.
Carroll Dawson – Dawson moved to the Rockets’ front office, becoming General Manager in 1996. Among his most notable accomplishments were his selection of Yao Ming in the 2002 NBA Draft and his seven-player trade to acquire NBA scoring champ Tracy McGrady in 2004.
Norm Miller – is a retired professional baseball who played outfielder in the Major Leagues from 1965 to 1974 for the Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves. Later in his career he served in the Astros’ front office. He is a current part time weekend host on SportsRadio 610.
Bill Worrell – one of the most recognizable faces in the Houston sports scene. His broadcasting career spans more than 35 years, all in the Houston market. Worrell has been the play-by-play voice of the Rockets since the 1986-87 season, and also served 20 seasons as an analyst on Houston Astros telecasts.
Special Guest (in the audience) J.R. Richard – is a former right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played his entire career, from 1971 to 1980, with the Houston Astros. He was the first NL right-hander in history to strike out more than 300 batters in a single season.