Baseball Library: The Lost Episodes

During his years as an Astros broadcaster, Larry Dierker wrote and recorded hundreds of shows in the “Larry Dierker’s Baseball Library” series.

I had a chance to do a complete inventory of the series, and I noticed that the original audio files were missing from quite a few shows. I offered to rerecord them, and Larry graciously granted permission to post them here.

The shows are generally three to four minutes long, and they are well-written and fun.


Luis Tiant’s debut 7/19/64

Don Mattingly ties HR record 7/18/1987

Jim Kaat makes three errors 7/17/69

John McGraw takes over the Giants 7/16/1902

Brooks Robinson hits for the cycle 7/15/60

Tony Perez wins the All-Star Game 7/11/67

Chuck Klein hits 4 HR in game 7/10/36

Larry Dierker’s no-hitter 7/9/76

First night game 7/8/1909

Lynn hits grand slam in 1983 All-Star Game 7/6/83

Jimmy Wynn homers, walks; Astros defeat Mets 7/5/69

Yankee Doodle dandies

Luis Tiant strikes out 19 Twins 7/3/68

Carl Hubbell pitches 18 shutout innings 7/2/33

Bob Feller’s third no-hitter 7/1/51

Pirates sweep Cubs to close out Forbes Field 6/28/70

Bob Gibson throws fifth consecutive shutout 6/26/68

Trappers’ winning streak begins 6/25/87

Strange trades

Ernie Shore relief perfecto 6/23/17

Blackwell’s near-miss 6/22/47

First match game of baseball? 6/19/1846

Don Wilson no-hitter 6/18/67

Joe Cronin hits two pinch-hit home runs 6/17/43

Ed Delahanty gets six hits 6/16/1894

Astros-Pirates rained in at the Astrodome 6/15/76

Jim Maloney no-hits the Mets 6/14/65

Christy Mathewson no-hits the Cubs 6/13/1905

Baseball Hall of Fame opens 6/13/39

Johnny Vander Meer’s first no-hitter 6/11/38

Victory Faust

Sandy Koufax no-hitter #3 6/4/64

Dennis Eckersley’s hitless-innings streak ends 6/3/77

Gnats at Comiskey Park 6/2/59

Nolan Ryan’s fourth no-hitter 6/1/75

Giants and Mets play a loooong doubleheader 5/31/64

Dennis Eckersley’s no-hitter 5/30/77

Giants win 17th Consecutive Road Game 5/29/1916

Dale Long’s HR streak 5/28/56

Willie Stargell’s Big Day 5/22/68

Branch Rickey and the Farm System

Fire at the ballpark in Boston 5/14/1894

Robin Roberts retires 27 consecutive Reds 5/13/61

Sandy Koufax no-hits the Giants 5/11/63

Bench hits three HR off Carlton 5/10/73

Jim Gentile hits two grand slams 5/9/61

Ernie Lombardi 4 doubles in one game 5/8/35

Roy Campanella Night 5/7/59

Preacher Roe throws one pitch, wins 5/5/46

Mays hits HR 512, passes Ott 5/4/66

Fergie Jenkins gets 100th AL win 5/3/80

Stan Musial’s big doubleheader 5/2/54

Jim Maloney and Don Wilson back-to-back no-hitters 1969

Roger Metzger’s scary injury in BP 4/29/74

Warren Spahn’s no-hitter 4/28/61

Nolan Ryan’s “almost” no-hitter 4/27/88

Reds’ Willard Schmidt gets KO 4/26/59

Van Atta’s overshadowed debut 4/25/33

Willie Mays hits 511th HR, ties Mel Ott 4/24/66

Claude Osteen shuts out the Braves 4-22-74

Braves 13-0 to begin 1982 season

Gavvy Cravath’s final HR 4/20/20

First game at Wrigley Field 4/19/16

First game on AstroTurf 4/18/66

Jackie Robinson’s first hit 4/17/47

Mets and Astros go 24 innings 4/15/1968

President Taft’s first pitch 4/15/1910

Langston/Witt no-hitter 4/11/1990

First MLB game on TV

A Hall of a good idea?

Early Wynn does it all

Hired to be Fired

Riverfront Stadium Opens