The Astros will honor Hall of Famer Craig Biggio with a special pregame ceremony prior to tonight's 6:10 p.m. game vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers at Minute Maid Park. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 5:25 p.m.
Media Note - Biggio will be available to the media at 4:45 p.m. today in the press conference room.
Biggio's Hall of Fame plaque from Cooperstown will be on display today at Minute Maid Park in Union Station Lobby after first pitch for fans to view. Photo opportunities will be available with a $7 donation to the Sunshine Kids or the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The donation represents Biggio's jersey number, now retired by the Astros. Additionally, several special $7 food items will be available throughout the ballpark. These items can be found at section 126 on the Main Concourse, section 226 on the Mazda Club Level and section 309 on the Upper Concourse.
As part of tonight's special event, 10,000 fans will receive a special Craig Biggio Hall of Fame T-shirt giveaway, presented by Coca-Cola.
Minute Maid Park gates will open at 3:30 p.m. today so that fans can arrive early, enjoy Astros batting practice and pick up their Craig Biggio Hall of Fame T-shirt giveaways.
To complete the celebration of No. 7, a special Biggio Celebration Fireworks display presented by Marathon Oil Corporation will take place following the conclusion of Saturday night's game.
HALL OF FAME CAREER
On July 26, in front of close to 50,000 fans, many of whom were from Houston, Biggio made history as the first player ever inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a member of the Houston Astros. Pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz were also part of the HOF Class of 2015.
In his 20 Major League seasons (1988-2007) in an Astros uniform, Biggio, who currently serves as a special assistant to the general manager for the Astros, was one of the top players of his era, excelling at catcher, second base and in the outfield. The seven-time All-Star played a vital role in the most successful run in franchise history, which included six postseason appearances in a nine-year span and a National League Pennant in 2005.
Biggio is one of just 29 players in ML history to reach 3,000 hits, and is also one of just 15 players in Major League history to reach both 1,000 extra-base hits and 3,000 total hits, joining a list that includes Hank Aaron, Stan Musial, Willie Mays, Carl Yastrzemski, Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, George Brett, Cal Ripken Jr. and Pete Rose (Biggio is only the second player that was primarily a middle infielder to accomplish this feat, joining Ripken). It is noteworthy that Biggio played 12 of his seasons (1988-99) in the pitcher-friendly Astrodome.
In his career, Biggio tallied 3,060 hits, which ranks 21st all-time in Major League history, and 11th all-time among right-handed hitters. Additionally, his 3,060 hits rank fifth all-time in National League history among right-handed hitters. In 2,850 career games, Biggio hit .281 with 668 doubles, 291 home runs, 1,175 RBI, 1,161 walks, 414 stolen bases and 1,844 runs scored, the latter ranking 14th all-time and seventh in NL history. His 668 doubles are the most in Major League history by a right-handed hitter and rank fifth all-time among all hitters. Biggio also holds the NL record for career leadoff home runs with 53 and the modern Major League record for being hit by a pitch (285).
Biggio is also one of just 10 players in the modern era to reach the 3,000-hit plateau while playing for the same team. His 3,060 hits are more than 138 current Hall of Famers, including Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Reggie Jackson, Ryne Sandberg, Yogi Berra, Roberto Clemente, Brooks Robinson and Frank Robinson.
Additionally, Biggio is the only player in MLB history to reach all four of the following milestones: 600 doubles, 250 homers, 3,000 hits and 400 stolen bases, and is one of just three players all-time to reach 3,000 hits, 200 homers and 400 steals, joining Hall of Famers Paul Molitor and Rickey Henderson.
On the Astros all-time lists, Biggio is tops in games, at-bats, hits, runs, doubles, extra-base hits and total bases, ranks second in RBI and stolen bases and third in home runs.
BIGGIO BY THE NUMBERS
*3,060 career hits rank 21st all-time in MLB history, 11th among RHH in ML history and 5th all-time in NL history among RHH. *Is one of just 29 players in ML history to record 3,000 hits.
*Is the only player in MLB history to reach all four of the following milestones: 600 doubles, 250 homers, 3,000 hits and 400 stolen bases.
*Is one of just 15 players in ML history to reach both 3,000 hits and 1,000 extra-base hits. Joins a list that includes: Hank Aaron, Stan Musial, Willie Mays, Carl Yastrzemski, Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, George Brett, Eddie Murray, Dave Winfield, Cal Ripken Jr. and Pete Rose (Biggio is just the second player who was primarily a middle infielder to accomplish this feat, joining Ripken).
*His 668 doubles are a MLB record for a RHH and rank 5th all-time among all hitters.
Is one of 35 players in ML history to reach 1,000 career extra-base hits.
1,844 runs scored ranks 14th in ML history and seventh in NL history.
*Is one of just 10 players in the modern era to reach the 3,000 hit plateau while playing all of his games with the same team.
*Totaled more hits than 138 Hall of Famers, including: Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Reggie Jackson, Ryne Sandberg, Yogi Berra, Roberto Clemente, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson. *In 1998, joined Tris Speaker (HOF) as the only players to collect 50-or-more doubles and 50-or-more stolen bases in the same season
* 146 runs scored in 1997 were the most of any National League player since the Phillies' Chuck Klein scored 152 runs in 1932. *His 285 HBPs rank 1st all-time in modern MLB history.
*His 53 leadoff home runs are a NL record and rank third all-time in MLB history.
*One of only three players to reach 3,000 hits, 200 homers and 400 steals, joining Hall of Famers Paul Molitor and Rickey Henderson.
*Was a vital member of six postseason teams and a NL Pennant winning club in 2005.
*One of eight players all-time with 100 career steals of third base (107).
*Led MLB in runs twice (1995, 1997). *Led MLB in doubles three times (1994, 1998, 1999).
*Led MLB in steals in 1994.
*One of the most versatile players in ML history: Reached 40+ doubles seven times and 50+ doubles twice; Stole 30+ bases five times; Scored 100+ runs eight times; Reached 20+ home runs eight times.