Craig Biggio made his debut with the Houston Astros as a catcher in 1988, and for 4 years was one of the better receivers in the NL, even being named to the All-Star team in 1991. He then moved to second base and became one of the best defensive players at that position, winning 4 Gold Glove Awards. He also became one of the top tablesetters in the league, and holds the modern-era record for being hit-by-the-pitch with 285. During his 20 years (1988-2007) with the Astros, he totaled 3,060 hits, 291 home runs, scored 1,844 runs, hit .281, and stole 414 bases. His 668 doubles ranks him 5th all-time, and 1st among right handed hitters. He is the only player in history to accumulate 3,000 hits, 600 doubles, 400 stolen bases, and 250 home runs. He won 5 Silver Slugger Awards, and was named to the NL All-Star squad 7 times. He is the only player in history to be selected as a catcher and a 2nd baseman.
In 2008, his #7 was retired by the Houston Astros, and in 2015 he was elected to the Hall of Fame via BBWAA.
July 23, 2016