Friday, April 25, 2014

Player Profile: Craig Biggio

I have 130 cards of Craig Biggio. This one is from 2003 Topps.

Playing career: Craig Biggio had a unique major league career. He spent the first four years of his career as a catcher before moving to second base, where he became a big star with the Astros. Toward the end of his career he spent significant time in center field.  A seven-time All-Star, he had 3,060 career hits in his 20-year career, spent entirely with the Houston Astros.  His 285 hit-by-pitch total is a major league record, and his 668 doubles rank fifth all-time. He missed the Hall of Fame by two votes this year, but is a likely candidate for enshrinement in the years to come.

My memories: I remember him as a highly touted catcher when he first came up. Though as an Astro he was never someone I kept close tabs on, it was always interesting to see his various position changes and hitting accomplishments.

Where he is now: He has been very active with the Sunshine Kids, a charity for children with cancer, dating back to his playing days.

Google Autocomplete results: He is first when you type Craig B, ahead of Craig Bierko, an actor. There do not appear to be any other prominent Craig Biggios.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Scott Bigham.

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