Former Houston Astros pitcher, manager and broadcaster Larry Dierker will be honored at one of Sports Radio 610’s biggest events of the year coming up on Nov. 29, and we want you to be a part of it. The event will be held at the Houston Improv, located at 7620 Katy Fwy Houston, TX 77055.
Larry Dierker has been a very special and important piece to the proud history of the Houston Astros and the city of Houston over the last 47 years. Larry, began his career as an 18-year old pitcher with the Colt 45’s in 1964, making his major league debut opposite Willie Mays and the San Francisco Giants. Dierker lost his first ever game in the big league’s, but I’d have to imagine, he walked off the mound that day knowing that there would be many more opportunities for him to help his team win a game, after striking out Willie Mays in the first inning.
Larry, over a big league career that spanned 14 years, he used his fastball, curveball, screwball, slider, and changeup to boggle the minds of some of the games best hitters, pitching a no-hitter in 1976 against the Montreal Expos, earning 2 All-Star selections while compiling a record of 139-123 with a lifetime ERA of 3.31.
Dierker of course went on to spend quite a few years in the Astros broadcast booth along side play-by-play man Bill Brown, then managed the Astros for 5 seasons, 1997-2001, wining the AL Central Division 4 times.
You can google the stats and all the accolades he was able to obtain throughout his career, but there is one story that you won’t be able to find that tells a lot about the man that will be roasted and toasted on the night on November 29th.
When Larry was just a 19 year old kid, entering just his 2nd season in the big league’s with the Astros, my grandfather (Frank Mancuso) took my great grandmother (Heppie Dana Mancuso) to a baseball game at the Astrodome one night when Larry was scheduled to pitch. Larry was her favorite player, I guess she took a liking to him because she knew the back story of a young kid, a teenager that was chasing a dream, just as two of her sons, my grandfather (Frank Mancuso) and my great uncle (Gus Mancuso) did.
It was my great grandmother’s 90th birthday, she’d seen a lot of baseball, she knew the game, and all she wanted for her birthday was to watch this young kid, Larry Dierker pitch a ballgame. She did that of course, but before the game, my grandfather saw to it that Larry, if he had the time, which he did, would come over to the stands and take a picture with her on her 90th birthday. He obliged, and she remembered that and told that story to her friends whenever the opportunity presented itself, and its a story and a picture I still recall and look at today.
Larry has always gone out of his way to help people and bring out the best in people. He works very close with Literacy Advance Houston, a cause that is very close to his heart, which has been helping men and women since 1964 reach their goals through improved English literacy. The roast and toast to Larry Dierker will benefit his favorite cause, and we’d love for you to be a part of it!
Roast and Toast Of Former Astro Pitcher, Manager and Broadcaster… Larry Dierker
Tuesday evening, November 29th, 2011
Houston Improv: 7620 Katy Fwy Houston, TX 77055