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Larry Dierker
Born: September 22, 1946 (1946-09-22) (age 63)
Hollywood, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
September 22, 1964 for the Houston Colt .45s
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1977 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Career statistics
Win-Loss record     139-123
Earned run average     3.31
Strikeouts     1,493

As player

As manager

Career highlights and awards
Larry Dierker's Retired Number

Lawrence Edward Dierker (born September 22, 1946, in Hollywood, California) is a former pitcher and manager in Major League Baseball who had a 14-year pitching career from 1964 to 1977 and a five-year career managing the Houston Astros from 1997 to 2001. He played for the Houston Colt .45s/Astros and the St. Louis Cardinals, both of the National League.

Drafted by the Colts at age 17, Dierker made his major-league pitching debut on his 18th birthday — and struck out Willie Mays in the first inning. (As of 2008, he remains the last man to play in the majors at such a young age.) In 1969, he became the Astros' first 20-game winner, while compiling an impressive 2.33 earned run average. 20 complete games and 232 strikeouts over a now-astonishing 305 innings. He was elected to the National League All-Star team in 1969 and 1971. On July 9, 1976, Dierker pitched a no hitter against the Montreal Expos.

From 1979 to 1996, Dierker served as a color commentator on the Astros' radio and television broadcasts, a position he returned to in 2004. He currently serves as a community outreach executive for the Astros.

In 1999, Dierker had a close brush with death during a game against the San Diego Padres. The Houston manager had been plagued by severe headaches for several days. During this game against San Diego, Dierker had a seizure that rendered him unconscious. He required emergency brain surgery for a cavernous angioma and after four weeks of recovery, returned to the helm of the Astros and guided the team through the duration of the season. The Astros won 97 games and won a third consecutive National League Central Division title.

Dierker was elected National League Manager of the Year in 1998. Houston finished in first place in four of the five years Dierker managed the team, failing only in 2000 when the Astros placed fourth. Dierker also penned a book entitled It Ain't Brain Surgery, which detailed his baseball career as a pitcher and a manager. He later penned My Team, in which he ruminated on the greatest players he'd been witness to in his years of baseball.

Managerial records

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
HOU 1997 84 78 .519 1st in NL Central 0 3 .000 Lost NLDS to ATL
HOU 1998 102 60 .630 1st in NL Central 1 3 .250 Lost NLDS to SD
HOU 1999 84 51 .622 1st in NL Central 1 3 .250 Lost NLDS to ATL
HOU 2000 72 90 .444 4th in NL Central - - - -
HOU 2001 93 69 .574 1st in NL Central 0 3 .000 Lost NLDS to ATL
Total 435 348 .556

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Preceded by
Dusty Baker
National League Manager of the Year
Succeeded by
Jack McKeon
Preceded by
Terry Collins
Houston Astros Manager
Succeeded by
Jimy Williams

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