For more than 45 years Houston baseball fans have been treated to great memories at the hands of many great players. Astros Alumni efforts are led by two great players and great citizens - Larry Dierker and Jimmy Wynn. Both serve the Astros in the official roles of Community Outreach Executives.
On May 19, 2002, the Astros retired the number 49 of franchise icon Larry Dierker. During more than 38 years of service to the organization, Dierker has served as a player, front office member, broadcaster and manager.
In 13 seasons on the mound with Houston from 1964-77, he won 137 games, second only to Joe Niekro in team history. He owns the franchise records for innings pitched, starts, complete games and shutouts. A two-time All-Star, Dierker pitched the fifth no-hitter in franchise history on July 9, 1976.
After one season in the front office and 18 as a broadcaster, Dierker became only the sixth manager in Major league history to win a division crown in his first season. In five seasons as the club's skipper from 1997-2001, he won four division titles (1997, 1998, 1999, 2001), and the 1998 team won a franchise-record 102 games, allowing Dierker to earn NL Manager of the Year honors.
Jimmy Wynn spent the first 11 years of his 15-year Major League career with the Houston franchise from 1963-1973, the first two as a member of the Colt .45's. Despite his small frame (5'9"), Wynn boasted enormous power and a strong throwing arm, earning him the nickname "The Toy Cannon." He ranks among the Top 10 in almost every significant Astros career hitting category and led the franchise in hits (1,291), home runs (223), and RBI (719) when he left the club after the 1973 season.
In 1967, the slugging center fielder finished second in the National League in home runs (37) while posting 107 RBI. He also became the first Astros to hit three home runs in a game. As a member of the 1974 Dodgers, Wynn smashed 32 home runs with 108 RBI, finishing in fifth place for the National League Most Valuable Player Award.
Wynn remains an active member of the Houston community and works closely with the Astros Community Relations Department and Astros in Action Foundation. His number, 24, was officially retired on June 25, 2005.
If you are interested in an appearance by Larry, Jimmy or other Astros alumni, please visit the Player Appearance page in the Community section of astros.com.