Craig Biggio
American baseball player
Craig Biggio
Craig Alan Biggio is a former Major League Baseball second baseman, catcher, and outfielder. He played his entire 20-year baseball career with the Houston Astros (1988–2007). He ranks 21st all-time with 3,060 career hits, and is the ninth player in the 3000 hit club to get all his hits with the same team. He is currently the head varsity baseball coach for St. Thomas High School in Houston, Texas.
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Greatest Astros’ Infield Ever? – This Forgotten Day in Houston
Houston Chronicle - almost 2 years
March 27, 1994: On this day, the Chronicle’s Alan Truex described the Astros’ infield of Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Ken Caminiti, and Andújar Cedeño as an “Infield of Dreams”. So, were they the best Astro’s infield ever? Bagwell played first with the agility of a third baseman. Biggio was a future Hall of Famer. Cedeno […]
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Cooperstown's Class of 2015 reflects diversity in game
Yahoo News - about 2 years
By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - From tallest to shortest, from a hybrid starter/reliever to a versatile regular who went from catcher to infield to outfield, the Hall of Fame Class of 2015 embodies the diversity that is part of baseball's appeal. Pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, and Houston Astros stalwart Craig Biggio showed how players of different shapes could take different paths to Cooperstown. A shared sensation was how humbled they felt to be joining the sport's greatest players with their July 26 induction. ...
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Pitchers dominate Hall of Fame bumper crop
Yahoo News - about 2 years
Pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz and slugger Craig Biggio were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Johnson, Martinez and Smoltz were all elected to the 2015 class in voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America in their first appearances on the ballot. Johnson, a five-time Cy Young Award-winner with 303 career wins was a certain first-ballot selection. His 4,875 strikeouts are the most ever by a left-handed hurler and second behind Nolan Ryan's all-time major league record of 5,714.
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Craig Biggio was sterling player, but not a Hall of Famer
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
For all of the raging arguments surrounding the vote, no one can dispute the fact that it's hard to get in. [...] not in the class of Don Mattingly, Will Clark and Keith Hernandez, who struck everyone as Cooperstown material at their peak, only to fall short on the longevity front. [...] not in a league with Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas, who were so deservedly honored this week. Like rock musicians, players wrapped up their work late - and for a great number of them, including superstars, it was party time. The Cal football schedule has been released, featuring a great opener (at Northwestern) and one of those inexcusably awful nonconference games (Sacramento State). Stanford will play UC Davis for no compelling reason, and the Cardinal's other nonconference game (Army) has merit only from a traditional standpoint. ... OK, everyone, the snap goes to the running back, who will head straight into the line for a gain of 2. Doug Harris, the East Bay filmmaker who produc ...
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Why Craig Biggio Shouldn't Be Bummed About the Hall of Fame
Wall Street Journal - about 3 years
Former Astros star Craig Biggio came agonizingly close to making the Hall of Fame on Wednesday, but history says he will get in eventually.
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A Step in the Right Direction for the Hall of Fame
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas's election to the Hall of Fame represents one of the best years for Hall of Fame selection in a long time. Although there were numerous other deserving candidates including those tainted by steroids, like Barry Bonds and those with no steroid association, like Craig Biggio and Mike Mussina, it is still a good sign that three players, the most since 2003, were elected by the BBWAA. Biggio missed by an agonizing 0.2 percent and is in strong position to get elected next year. The voting for the Hall of Fame is still hamstrung by a flawed electoral system, a backlog of good candidates and myriad steroid related problems, but the election of these three candidates is possibly a step in the right direction. All of these players are clear Hall of Famers. Maddux and Thomas were dominant players among the very best ever at their positions. Glavine was a cut below the other two but clearly qualified for the Hall of Fame. In recent years, several border ...
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Through Nearly Third of Ballots, 4 Players Are on Track for Election
NYTimes - about 3 years
With nearly a third of ballots known, the two pitchers — plus Frank Thomas and Craig Biggio — appeared to clear the 75 percent threshold required for induction.     
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Hall of Fame ballot overflows with worthy players
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
What a strange sight, witnessing not a single acceptance speech beyond Paul Hagen's (for the writers' wing) and the family members of three veterans' committee selections no longer alive: We're not allowed to disclose our voting choices until after the results are announced, but I can tell you I've voted for Bonds, Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa at every opportunity. The man hit 60-plus home runs three times, drove in 100-plus runs for nine consecutive years, delighted Cubs fans for years with his infectious personality and brought joy to the entire country in 1998 as he joined McGwire in pursuit of the single-season homer record. At any rate, there will be several holdover candidates to consider, including Craig Biggio and Jack Morris - each received 68 percent of the vote last year, short of the required 75 percent - as well as Jeff Bagwell, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Lee Smith, Curt Schilling and Edgar Martinez. Regrettably, their peak seasons were packed into a relatively ...
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These MLB Draftees Have All-Stars In The Family
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
In 1973, Robin "The Kid" Yount was selected third overall by the Milwaukee Brewers in Major League Baseball's first-year player draft. Forty years later, his nephew forged an MLB Draft memory of his own. By no small margin, Uncle Robin still holds the familial bragging rights. Cody was drafted by the Chicago White Sox with the 1,113th overall pick 2013 in the 37th round of the 2013 first-year player draft. Cody Yount was hardly the only amateur player drafted with an All-Star in the family tree. The sons of Craig Biggio, Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens were selected on Saturday. The grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski was drafted out of Vanderbilt by the Baltimore Orioles in the 14th round. The Detroit Tigers selected the son a player currently on the team, drafting Torii Hunter Jr. in the 36th round. The @tigers' acquisition of @toriihunter48 has worked out so well, they decided to get another one. Took @thunterjr in 36th round. #MLBDraft — MLB Draft (@MLBD ...
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Griffey says MLB needs more young fans, not shocked by Hall of Fame voters
Fox News - almost 4 years
Ken Griffey Jr. says he "was not shocked" when baseball writers decided no player should go into the Hall of Fame this year, although he thinks Craig Biggio got a raw deal.
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J.J. Watt meets his match in height
Houston Chronicle - about 4 years
Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt has openly embraced Houston as his second home. The Pewaukee, Wisc. native has paid tribute to Craig Biggio and Hakeem Olajuwon by sporting retro jerseys. With former Rockets center Yao Ming taking a break from his studies in Shanghai in Houston, the two giants met over a meal. Watt joked that Yao could make an impact on the football field, but Yao is one of the few people who can make the 6-5 Watt look short. Great lunch with @yaoming today. Have a feeling he could knock down a pass or two… twitter.com/JJWatt/status/… — JJ Watt (@JJWatt) February
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Retired MLB Slugger On Steroid Users: 'They Chose This'
Huffington Post - about 4 years
CHICAGO -- Retired Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas feels even better about his career after watching steroids-tainted stars Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens fail to gain entry to the Hall of Fame. "I think I've done enough to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer," he said Saturday at the team's fan convention. "Watching all the nonsense unfold and not really knowing what was going on, it makes me much more proud of my career," he said. "I competed in that era. I played at a high level in that era. There are a lot of great players, but as it unfolds, a lot of it was not the real deal. I know 100 percent I was the real deal." Bonds, Sosa and Clemens were denied in their first year of eligibility amid suspicions by some voters that their accomplishments were boosted by performance-enhancing drugs. Mark McGwire, 10th on the career home run list, received 16.9 percent of the vote on his seventh try, far short of the 75 percent needed for election. "I w ...
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'The Daily Show' Talks Hall Of Fame
Huffington Post - about 4 years
For the first time in seventeen years, the Baseball Writers' Association of America failed to elect a single Hall of Fame candidate from the 2013 ballot into Cooperstown. The empty Class of 2013 irked Jon Stewart, who had plenty to say about it on Thursday night. Stewart devoted a segment of "The Daily Show" on Thursday to weigh in on the contentious debate surrounding baseball's Steroid Era and whether players who used PEDs should be voted into the Hall of Fame. The comedian also voiced his opinions on players he believed deserved the nod into the Class of 2013, including Astros All-Star Craig Biggio and 10-time Silver Slugger winner Mike Piazza. "Put a Met in!" Stewart begged. "Put a Met in the Hall of Fame!" Of course, his rant wasn't complete without poking a little fun at the three superstars tied closest to the performance-enhancing scandal with the help of Stewart's field correspondants. WATCH VIDEO ABOVE
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Grant: Hall voters who left Astros legend Craig Biggio off their ballots were dead ... - Dallas Morning News
Google News - about 4 years
ABC News Grant: Hall voters who left Astros legend Craig Biggio off their ballots were dead ... Dallas Morning News Nearly 10 years after Major League Baseball acted to remove steroids from the game, real punishment was handed down Wednesday. Craig Biggio got it, but good. Yes, Biggio. When National Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson read the results of this year's ... Voters deny Hall of Fame entry to 2013 candidatesHouston Chronicle (blog) Steroids Fallout: No BB Hall for Bonds, ClemensABC News Bonds, Clemens still could have their daySTLtoday.com New York Daily News -The Detroit News -Philadelphia Daily News all 3,498 news articles »
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HOF shutout: Bonds, Clemens (and Murph) left out
ajc - about 4 years
First-time eligible players Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, the biggest stars implicated in baseball’s steroid era, were turned away by voters for the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday, as was Braves icon Dale Murphy – in his final year on the ballot — and everyone else up for consideration. For the first time since 1996 and the eighth time since voting began in 1936, no players were elected by voting members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Craig Biggio came closest,  named on 68.2 percent of the 569 ballots in his first year of eligibility and falling 39 votes shy of the 75-percent election requirement. Bonds had a record seven Most Valuable Player awards and broke Hank Aaron’s hallowed career home-run record, and Clemens finished with more than 300 wins and 4,000 strikeouts to go with a record seven Cy Young Awards. Without question, they would’ve been first-ballot Hall of Famers if not for links to steroids. Each got only about half of the required votes, …
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Craig Biggio
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    He received 82.7% of the votes and was inducted into the hall on July 26, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Biggio has received awards from various organizations, including the Hutch Award (2005) and being named one of Sporting News Good Guys (2004). The Hutch Award is given to a player that shows competitiveness and never gives up. Part of the reason Biggio was given the award was for his multiple position changes, but also because of his work in the community and inspiring other teammates to participate as well. He also received the Roberto Clemente Award in 2007. The Roberto Clemente Award "recognizes the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team." Biggio has been a supporter and lead spokesperson for the Sunshine Kids Foundation for over a decade and almost the entirety of his playing career. The organization supports children fighting cancer with exciting activities for themselves and their families. Biggio helps the organization by raising awareness of the organization by wearing a small yellow sun on his cap for interviews, batting practice, and spring training games and by holding a celebrity golf tournament in Houston each spring. Biggio hosts an annual party at Minute Maid Park for about 100 Sunshine Kids to play baseball with Biggio and some of his teammates.
    On January 6, 2015, Biggio was rewarded for his career by being elected to the Hall of Fame.
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    He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015, and is the first member of the Hall to be depicted in an Astros uniform on his plaque.
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  • 2013
    Biggio first appeared on the writers' ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013, the earliest possible year of consideration.
    More Details Hide Details He led all Hall of Fame vote-getters by being named on 68.2% of ballots cast, however this was still 39 votes shy of reaching the 75% threshold that is required by the BBWAA for induction. The following year he once again failed to garner enough votes to be inducted, finishing two votes shy with a voting percentage of 74.8%. This ties him with Nellie Fox (1985) and Pie Traynor (1947) for smallest margin not to get into the Hall.
  • 2011
    Both of Biggio's sons played for the St. Thomas baseball team. Cavan hit a home run in the team's 2011 championship game, while older brother Conor provided the winning offense in St. Thomas' semi-final victory.
    More Details Hide Details In Summer 2012, Conor played left field for the North Adams SteepleCats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League; in Summer 2013, he played outfield and second base for the North Shore Navigators of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. When asked by the Houston Chronicle about the success, the elder Biggio replied I don't get too caught up in that it's not about me it's about these kids, and win or lose we're trying to turn these kids into men. That's the thing that's most important to me. Biggio and his family had a home in Spring Lake, New Jersey that they named "Home Plate". Biggio's father-in-law is Assemblyman Joseph V. Egan, a member of the New Jersey legislature. Biggio, a fan of the musical group U2, often had their song "Mysterious Ways" and "Pride" played as he stepped up to the batter's box.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    The Houston Astros retired his No. 7 jersey on August 17, 2008, prior to the start of a game versus the Arizona Diamondbacks.
    More Details Hide Details Biggio was the ninth player in Astros history to have his number retired.
    On May 23, 2008, during a pre-game ceremony, Biggio received an award for MLB.com's This Year in Baseball 2007 Moment of the Year award for his 3,000th hit.
    More Details Hide Details On June 28, the Astros announced that they would retire Craig Biggio's jersey.
  • 2007
    In August 2007, the satirical online newspaper The Onion referenced this in the article "Craig Biggio Blames Media Pressure For Stalling at 285 Hit-By-Pitches".
    More Details Hide Details Biggio sent an arm guard to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in recognition of his high hit-by-pitch total.
    A sellout, record-breaking crowd packed Minute Maid Park on September 30, 2007, to witness Biggio's final game.
    More Details Hide Details He recorded his final career hit, a double in the first inning, and scored his final career run that same inning. In his final career at-bat, he grounded the ball to third baseman Chipper Jones, who threw out the hustling Biggio by half a step. He left the field to a standing ovation from the fans, and when he was replaced defensively in the top of the 8th inning he shook hands with umpires and teammates and left to another standing ovation as he waved to the fans. The Astros won the game 3–0. Biggio finished his career with 3,060 career hits, 668 doubles, 291 home runs, 1175 RBI, 414 stolen bases, and a .281 batting average. Craig Biggio has been a special assistant to the general manager since 2008. In his current role, Craig works in several areas, including with the baseball operations staff in its Major and minor league player development programs with special emphasis on instruction, the amateur draft and scouting, and Major and minor league talent evaluation. Craig was involved in the selection of new Astros Manager Bo Porter in 2012. Additionally, Craig participates in the club's community development program. Houston Astros Executives Webpage
    On July 24, 2007, Biggio announced his retirement, effective at the end of the season (his 20th season with the club, a franchise record).
    More Details Hide Details Hours later, with the Astros locked in a 3–3 tie with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Biggio hit a grand slam in the 6th inning. The Astros went on to win the game 7–4. In the penultimate game of his career, Biggio started as a catcher and caught 2 innings for the Astros. He also hit a double in his first at-bat of the game.
    On June 28, 2007, Biggio became the 27th player in the history of Major League Baseball to join the 3,000 hit club, with a single against Colorado Rockies pitcher Aaron Cook.
    More Details Hide Details Through Biggio was tagged out on the play attempting to stretch it into a double, drawing the throw allowed a run to score. The game action paused while Biggio shared the moment with his wife and children. Longtime friend and former teammate Jeff Bagwell emerged from the Astros clubhouse to congratulate him. Biggio became the first player in Astros history to accumulate 3,000 hits. It was Biggio's third hit of the game, and he went on to accumulate two more later in the game, one in the ninth inning and one in the eleventh inning. Interestingly enough, Biggio's 3,000 hit came on the same day that Frank Thomas hit his milestone 500th career home run, both marks which are considered to guarantee one's induction into the Hall of Fame. In anticipation of Biggio's reaching 3,000 hits, the Astros installed a digital counter just left of center field displaying his current hit total.
  • 2006
    On May 23, 2006, Biggio became the 23rd player in MLB history to reach 10,000 at-bats.
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  • 2005
    Both Biggio and Bagwell received Baseball Americas Lifetime Achievement Award after the 2005 season.
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    After having played 4,714 games and their entire major league careers together in Houston, Biggio and Bagwell appeared in their first World Series in 2005 against the Chicago White Sox.
    More Details Hide Details The White Sox swept the Astros to secure the championship with the lowest run-scoring differential in World Series history.
    In February, 2005, Biggio and Bagwell were jointly inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details Biggio resumed playing at second base after Kent left for the Dodgers and set a new career high with 26 home runs. He also reached 1,000 RBI, becoming the second Astro to do so, following Bagwell.
  • 2004
    Biggio moved to yet another new position, left field, midway through the 2004 season to accommodate Beltrán, who was acquired in a trade to help bolster the Astros' struggling offense.
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    In 2004, he put up numbers more typical for his career, batting .281 with 178 hits, including a career high 24 homers.
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  • 2003
    However, he improved slightly for the 2003 season, averaging .264 with 166 hits despite being asked by management to move to center field after the signing of free agent All-Star second baseman Jeff Kent.
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  • 2001
    Biggio rebounded with a good season in 2001, but had a lackluster performance in 2002, with only a .253 average, his lowest since entering the league; a highlight occurred on April 8, when he hit for the cycle for the only time in his career.
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  • 2000
    Biggio played 1,800 games without a trip to the disabled list until August 1, 2000, when he suffered a season-ending knee injury.
    More Details Hide Details In the play in which Biggio was injured, the Florida Marlins' Preston Wilson (who would later become Biggio's teammate) slid into second base, trying to stop a double play, and hit Biggio's planted left leg, tearing the ACL and MCL in Biggio's knee.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1997
    With longtime teammates Jeff Bagwell and Lance Berkman, he formed the core of the "Killer B's" who led Houston to six playoff appearances from 1997 to 2005, culminating in the franchise's only World Series appearance in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details At the end of his career he ranked sixth in NL history in games played (2,850), fifth in at bats (10,876), eighth in hits (3,060) and seventh in runs scored (1,844). His 668 career doubles ranked fifth in major league history, and are the most ever by a right-handed hitter; his 56 doubles in 1999 were the most in the major leagues in 63 years. Biggio, who batted .300 four times and scored 100 runs eight times, holds Astros franchise records for most career games, at bats, hits, runs scored, doubles, total bases (4,711) and extra base hits (1,014), and ranks second in runs batted in (1,175), walks (1,160) and stolen bases (414). He also holds the NL record for most times leading off a game with a home run (53), and is one of only five players with 250 home runs and 400 steals. A four-time Gold Glove Award winner who led NL second basemen in assists six times and putouts five times, he retired ranking fourth in NL history in games at second base (1,989), sixth in assists (5,448) and fielding percentage (.984), seventh in putouts (3,992) and double plays (1,153), and eighth in total chances (9,596). He was the ninth player in the 3,000 hit club to collect all his hits with one team.
  • 1992
    Biggio made the All-Star team for the second time in 1992, becoming the first player in the history of baseball to be an All-Star at both catcher and second base.
    More Details Hide Details It is remarkably rare for a major league catcher to make a successful transition to middle infielder. If a catcher changes positions, it is usually to first base, or occasionally to outfield or third base. Biggio became known as a reliable, hustling, consistent leadoff hitter, with unusual power for a second baseman. He holds the National League record for most home runs to lead off a game, with fifty. His statistics reflect this, having consistently good marks in hitting, on-base percentage, hit-by-pitch, runs, stolen bases, and doubles throughout his career. Biggio was also known for intentionally keeping his batting helmet dirty.
    The Astros finally convinced Biggio to convert to second base in spring training 1992, even though Biggio had made the National League All-Star team as a catcher the year before.
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  • 1991
    The Astros acquired first baseman Jeff Bagwell prior to the start of the 1991 season, who, like Biggio, spent his entire major league career in a Houston uniform.
    More Details Hide Details A power hitter with higher-than-normal on-base skills, Bagwell played 15 seasons, thus completely overlapping his career with Biggio's and wound up Houston's career leader in home runs. The pair came to be known as the "Killer B's", synonymous with the Astros throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s. A prodigious offensive and defensive unit, during their 10 peak seasons from 1994–2003, they appeared in nine All-Star Games, won five Gold Gloves, ranked in the top five of the Most Valuable Player Award voting five times and averaged 226 runs scored. They totaled 689 home runs, 2,485 RBI and 3,083 runs scored while the Astros advanced to the postseason six times. Other players that the Astros later acquired whose names started with the letter B also were included in this distinction, including Derek Bell, Sean Berry, Lance Berkman, and Carlos Beltrán.
  • 1990
    Astros' management, in an attempt to keep the rigors of catching from sapping Biggio's speed, tried him in the outfield part-time in 1990, as he had played 18 games there in the minors.
    More Details Hide Details Yogi Berra mentioned Biggio's height in his book You Can Observe A Lot By Watching, saying, "I always identified with short catchers - they don't have to stand up as far".
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    He won the Silver Slugger Award in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details He was a very speedy runner, and an adept base stealer.
    In 1989, his first full season, Biggio became the Astros' starting catcher.
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  • 1988
    Biggio was called up as a catcher midway through the 1988 season, having batted .344 in his minor league career.
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  • 1987
    Biggio was selected by the Houston Astros in the first round (22nd overall) of the 1987 draft.
    More Details Hide Details Biggio remains Seton Hall's leader in triples, second in runs scored, and is in the top ten in eighteen other single-season and career categories. In 1996, Biggio was inducted into the Seton Hall Hall of Fame and had his number 44 retired in 2012.
  • 1983
    Craig Biggio graduated from Kings Park High School in Kings Park, New York, where he excelled as a multi-sport varsity athlete. Most notably, after the 1983 season Biggio was awarded the Hansen Award, which recognized him as being the best football player in Suffolk County.
    More Details Hide Details However, Biggio's passion lay with baseball, such that he turned down football scholarships for the opportunity to play baseball for Seton Hall University. Although Biggio was an infielder, Seton Hall coach Mike Sheppard switched him to catcher because the team was in need of one. Biggio was an All-American baseball player at Seton Hall, where he played with other future Major League Baseball stars Mo Vaughn and John Valentin. Biggio, Vaughn and Valentin, along with Marteese Robinson, were featured in the book The Hit Men and the Kid Who Batted Ninth by David Siroty, which chronicled their rise from college teammates to the major leagues.
  • OTHER
  • 1965
    Born on December 14, 1965.
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