On July 27, 2015, Craig Biggio was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, making him the first player in Houston Astros history to receive the honor. Biggio, a seven-time All-Star, spent his entire 20-year career with the Astros, amassing 3,060 hits, 668 doubles, 291 home runs and 414 stolen bases.
Biggio began his career in 1988 as a catcher, but soon moved to second base and eventually to the outfield. He was known for his hustle and passion for the game, and was a leader on the field. Biggio was also known for his work in the community, donating his time to various charities and helping to raise money for a variety of causes.
Biggio’s induction into the Hall of Fame was a long time coming, as he had been on the ballot for three years before finally being elected. He was voted in by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America with 82.7 percent of the vote.
Biggio was joined in the Hall of Fame by fellow inductees Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and manager Joe Torre. The induction ceremony was held in Cooperstown, New York, and was attended by thousands of fans who came to honor the great career of Biggio.
In his speech, Biggio thanked his family and friends for their support over the years, and thanked the Astros organization for giving him the opportunity to play. He also thanked the fans, saying, “You have been there for me every step of the way. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Biggio’s induction into the Hall of Fame is a proud moment for the Astros organization, and one that will be remembered for years to come. Biggio’s career was one of hard work and dedication, and he will now take his place among the greatest players in baseball history.