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craig biggio, 1992 Upper Deck #162, astros

Player: Biggio, Craig

Card: 1992 Upper Deck #162

Position: C/2B/CF

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"I get in that box, and I'm not thinking about moving because if I have to think about moving, I can't hit like I want to hit." - Craig Biggio in Baseball Turf War Focuses on Inner Part of Plate (Baseball Digest : August 1998).

Smithtown, NY native Craig Alan Biggio played his entire career from 1988 through 2007 for the Houston Astros. A seven-time National League (NL) All-Star often regarded as the greatest all-around player in Astros history, he is the only player ever to be named an All-Star at both catcher and second base.

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 first World Series appearance in 2005. At the end of his career, he ranked sixth in NL history in games played (2,850), fifth in at bats (10,876), 21st 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.

In addition to being a 7-time NL All-Star (1991, 1992 & 1994-1998), Craig was a 4-time NL Gold Glove winner (1994-1997/2B), and 5-time NL Silver Slugger Award Winner. He stole 50 bases in 1998.

Biggio batted .300 four times and scored 100 runs eight times. 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 - before it was associated with cheating.

(parts excerpted from SABR, Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen, and Wikipedia)


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Craig is part of the Hall of Fame Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop

Listen to Larry Baldassaro’s interview with Craig here – or view the Next Stop on the Baseball Italian Style Tour

Craig is also part of the New York City Born Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop

Biggio is part of the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame Tour – Go to the Next Stop

Craig is part of the All-Star Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop

See Craig’s baseball cards at TCDB

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