Larry Dierker pitched for the Houston Astros from 1964-1976. Dierker made his debut for Houston in 1964 at the age of 18. In 1969 he became the first Astro to win 20 games in a season. He is the Astros all-time leader in starts (320), complete games, innings (2,295), and shutouts (25). In 1979 Dierker was hired as the Astros' radio and TV color commentator. In 1997 the Astros promoted Dierker from the broadcaster's booth to manager. He managed the team from 1997-2001 winning National League Manager of the Year in 1998 and leading the club to four NL Central titles. He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.