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 recently had a chance to do a complete inventory of the series, and I noticed that there were quite a few of these shows where the original audio files were missing. 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.


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