After stints working in the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers clubhouses, Liborio joined the Astros as clubhouse manager in November of 1979. He would hold onto that role for the duration of his time with Houston.
During his tenure, Liborio was a popular and well-respected figure with many generations of Astros players, managers, coaches, front office staff and Houston media members. He was a part of all nine playoff teams in franchise history, culminating with a trip to the World Series in 2005. The Astros compiled a 2,596-2,471 won-loss record during his tenure, good for fifth-best in the NL in that span. Liborio was also a part of 56 postseason games, over 900 Spring Training games and the 2004 All-Star Game, played at Minute Maid Park. In 2011, the Major League Baseball Equipment Managers Association presented Liborio with a ring prior to an Astros game at Minute Maid Park to recognize his long, distinguished career in baseball.
The Astros released the following statement: “We sincerely thank Dennis for his dedication and outstanding service. He has touched so many lives around the game of baseball and his contributions to the Astros will always be remembered. We wish Dennis and Geraldine the very best.”
Liborio was the clubhouse manager for all 20 of Craig Biggio’s seasons (1988-2007) with the Astros. “Dennis is truly one of my best friends,” Biggio said. “Behind every great, successful team, there is a great clubhouse man. That’s what Dennis was for us. For me, he’s been an awesome human being and did an unbelievable job. He will be missed.”
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS ON DENNIS LIBORIO
“Dennis is one of a kind. Of the countless people I’ve met in the game, he is among my favorites. It just won’t be the same without him in that clubhouse. As players, he was our team ‘Mom’ ... not afraid to give you grief, but always had your back.”
Jim Deshaies, current Astros TV analyst and Astros pitcher from 1985-91
“Dennis Liborio is an Astros institution. His many years of faithful service to the organization are greatly appreciated by the players he has helped during his tenure. Thank you, Dennis, for all you have done for me and so many others. The clubhouse won’t be the same without you.”
Lance Berkman, Astros 1B-OF from 1999-2010
“I felt like Dennis was one of the top equipment and clubhouse managers that I ever worked with. He always had a real passion for the game and was truly committed to the organization. I hope he enjoys his retirement.”
Nolan Ryan, Astros pitcher from 1980-87 and current Texas Rangers president
“Dennis was wonderful to us. There was never a dull moment in that clubhouse, no matter how bad you were going. He was so much fun to be with, but was always so on top of everything. We appreciated him because he honestly cared about us. I miss him more than anyone I was with in Houston.”
Bill Doran, Astros infielder from 1982-90
“When I got to Houston in 1990, we had a young team those first few years and Dennis was a father figure to a lot of us. He really took care of us. We had so much fun sitting in his office, listening to him holding court and telling great stories. He was incredible to us. Over the years, our families built a strong bond and even shared season tickets for the Aeros games since Dennis loved hockey so much.”
Luis Gonzalez, Astros outfielder from 1990-95
“Dennis will be greatly missed. He brought me to Houston with him and is the reason I am here today. I love the guy and appreciate everything he has done for me and for the Astros.”
Barry Waters, Astros longtime Traveling Secretary who also worked with Liborio in the Dodgers clubhouse prior to coming to Houston in November of 1979.