Larry Dierker to keynote second annual UTSA First Pitch Banquet on Saturday
SAN ANTONIO — Former Houston Astros manager and player Larry Dierker will serve as the keynote speaker at the UTSA baseball program's second annual First Pitch Banquet on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the H-E-B University Center Ballroom on the Main Campus.
Doors will open and a silent auction will begin at 6:15 p.m., followed by a fajita dinner and program a half hour later. Tickets may be purchased online by clicking here or calling (210) 458-4811 or you can download the brochure in the related links box.
Dierker's, whose No. 49 jersey is retired by the Astros organization, led Houston to four National League (NL) Central Division titles in five seasons from 1997-2001 and was named the 1998 NL Manager of the Year.
After making his Major League Baseball debut on his 18th birthday, he went on to win 139 games and post a 3.31 ERA in 2,333.2 innings of work during a 13-year career on the mound.
Currently a special assistant to the president for the Astros, Dierker served as a television/radio color commentator for the organization for more than 20 years and he also has authored two books on the game of baseball (This Ain't Brain Surgery & My Team).
The First Pitch Banquet is held each year to raise funds for the UTSA Baseball program.The program also will include UTSA player introductions, academic and athletic award presentations, video highlights and guest speaker Jimmy Shankle, UTSA's first baseball head coach. The Roadrunners began playing in 1994 and will celebrate their 20th anniversary during the 2014 season.