Born: 12/14/1965 in Smithtown, New York
Major League Career: 1988-2007
Games Played at Second Base: 1,989
Most Games Played For: Houston Astros
Photo via Larry James' Urban Daily
Craig Biggio began his Major League career as a catcher, even making the All-Star team at that position. He switched to second base in 1992. While not yet eligible, he compiled career numbers which would suggest he's a lock for the Hall of Fame: 3,060 hits, 668 doubles (fifth all-time and first among right-handed hitters), 291 home runs and 414 stolen bases. However, the mere suspicion of steroid use may hold him back, as with many of his contemporaries. Among his many interesting career distinctions, Biggio holds the modern-era record for most times being hit by a pitch.
For last year's A-Z Challenge, I featured players of the Baltimore Orioles/St. Louis Browns organization, my favorite baseball team. I managed to cover every position on the field except for one: second baseman. As such, I decided to devote this year's challenge entirely to the second base position, honoring the individuals who earned their keep playing one of the game's most demanding defensive positions.
Head on over to Blogging from A to Z April Challenge to find others joining the adventure.
Be sure to visit:
Mrs. Mock at Exclamation Point (!)
My new friend Mark K at The New DM's Screen.