Astros Press Release
Biggio to be inducted into Ted Williams Hitters Hall of Fame tonight
Ceremony and Dinner Will Be Held at Tropicana Field
Astros icon Craig Biggio will be one of six former players inducted into the Ted Williams Hitters Hall of Fame tonight at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL.
The induction will take place at tonight's charity dinner (6 p.m. ET), which raises dollars for the Ted Williams Museum & Hitters Hall of Fame. Johnny Damon and Frank Howard will also be among the inductees. Past inductees include Hall of Famers Roberto Alomar, Ryne Sandberg and Andre Dawson.
Tampa Bay Rays Cy Young winner David Price and infielder-outfielder Ben Zobrist will also take part in tonight's event. Several other former players, including Dwight Gooden, Tony Oliva and Denny McLain, are also scheduled to be at tonight's dinner.
In his 20 Major League seasons (1988-2007), all in an Astros uniform, Biggio was one of the finest players of his era, tallying 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 RHH.
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 with 285.
He is also one of just 14 players in ML history to reach both 3,000 hits and 1,000 extra-base hits, and 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.
Biggio was a seven-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner, and is the only player in MLB history to be named an All-Star at both catcher and second base. Last month, Biggio fell just two votes shy of induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, receiving 74.8% of the votes.