Which Hat Will Craig Biggio Wear in Cooperstown?
Apr 1, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros former players Craig Biggio (left) and Nolan Ryan (right) wave to the crowd before a game against the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Craig Biggio week continues as the Astros have their very own finally in the Hall of Fame. Brian McTaggart, the Astros writer for MLB.com asked a very good question, which hat should Craig Biggio wear on his Hall of Fame plaque? Let’s break down his three options before going into which one I believe he should wear.
The Star with the “H” Over It
Craig Biggio wore the rainbow uniforms from 1988-1993 as an Astro. It was during his early years where he was an All-Star Catcher for the Astros before transitioning to Second Base in 1992. He then made the All-Star team in 1992 as a Second Baseman, and the Astros had a star on their hands.
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The Shooting Star
From 1994-1999, the Astros changed their colors for the first time in franchise history to the blue and gold uniforms. It was here where Craig Biggio continued to play Second Base, and was a huge part of the three-consecutive Central Division Championships from 1997-1999. The Killer B’s were truly born during this era of Astros baseball, and a time many Astros fans hold true to their hearts.
The Red and Black
In Biggio’s final years with the club from 2000-2007, Craig Biggio played Center Field and Left Field for a couple of seasons before moving back to Second Base in 2005 finishing his career at that position. He was part of the 2004 and 2005 magical seasons, with the latter being the clubs first appearance in the World Series. Closing out his career in 2007, he recorded his 3,000th career hit wearing these colors.
I would love to see Biggio wear the brick red on his Hall of Fame plaque when he’s inducted in Cooperstown on July 26th for the big reasons I notated on his time at Minute Maid Park. He was in that uniform for the Astros first World Series, and was wearing that same uniform when he got his 3,000th hit, and ultimately his 3,060th career hit. These were also the colors who wore the most in his career (8 seasons compared to 6 in the blue and gold, and 6 in the blue and orange.) Not to mention, those are the main years I really remember seeing Biggio play, even though I started watching in the blue and gold era.
I can understand why some want to see him wear the blue and orange themed uniform as that is the uniform most people associate Houston with, and he started out his career there. I can also understand the blue and gold as that was the beginning of the “Killer B” era. As of now, on Brian McTaggart’s poll, the “H” is leading with 39.54% of the votes, the blue and gold in second with 33.01% of the votes, and the red and black is in last with 27.45% of the votes.
So go vote for yourselves, and also let us know which hat you want to see when Biggio gets inducted. Make sure to check out all related Craig Biggio news below. And while we’re talking about Biggio’s big day, go check out when Bagwell’s big day might come.