Craig Biggio will be one of six players inducted into the Ted Williams Hitters Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 1 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL.
The induction will take place at the Ted Williams Museum’s 21st Annual Induction charity dinner hosted by Tampa Bay Ray’s second baseman Ben Zobrist along with Cy Young Award winner David Price. Biggio will be in good company as you can see by his fellow inductees below.
The Ted Williams Museum & Hitters Hall of Fame Class of 2014:
• Craig Biggio: 3,060 career hits, 7x All-Star, 4x Gold Glove Winner, 5x Silver Slugger
• Johnny Damon: 2x World Series Champion, 2x All-Star and 2,769 career hits
• Frank Howard: 1960 NL ROY, 4x All-Star, 2x Home Run Champion, World Series Champion
• Dwight Gooden: 85’ Cy Young Winner, 84’ NL ROY, 4x All-Star, 3x World Series Champion
• James Shields: 2011 All-Star, 7 yrs. with Rays, 21 Complete Games, Holds five Rays Pitching records
• Jim “Mudcat” Grant: 2x All-Star, World Series Champion, 1st African American pitcher to win a World Series Game
Past inductees include Hall of Famers Roberto Alomar, Ryne Sandberg and Andre Dawson.
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. 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, he fell just two votes shy of induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, receiving 74.8% of the votes.