Houston/Larry Dierker Chapter meeting recap – 4/25/2016

By Bill McCurdy

About 25-30 members of the Larry Dierker Chapter of SABR used their monthly meeting night on Monday, April 25, 2016, to enjoy a buffet dinner together down the left line at Constellation Field to watch the Independent Atlantic League home club, the Sugar Land Skeeters, entertain the visiting Lancaster (PA) Barnstormers under pleasant skies and through the balmy breezes.

Our peerless chapter namesake former Astro, Larry Dierker, was also there, even finding time to throw out the first pitch and do an interview and one inning stint on the air of the Skeeters radio broadcast with Ira Liebman, a Skeeters media guy and another SABR member. In redundant mention, but with eloquence, the wonderful broadcaster Greg Lucas, also another front line active SABR member handling the telecast portion of the broadcast.

At one point, Larry Dierker noticed the rear view of a bobble head figure staring out the broadcast booth window at the field.

“Who’s that?” Dierker asked. “…. Bill Clinton?”

“No,” answered Greg Lucas, “it’s someone Milo Hamilton would not want to see.”

(Hint: It was Harry Caray.)