Craig Biggio’s number to be retired by Seton Hall
Seton Hall has announced that they will be retiring Craig Biggio’s No. 44 in a ceremony April 7.
Biggio will be the fourth member of the program to have his number retired along with Marteese Robinson, Rick Cerone and longtime head coach Mike Sheppard.
“It is an honor for me and for my family to have my number retired at Seton Hall University,” Biggio said in a press release. “I have great memories of school and baseball. Those were good times in a winning program, being part of a ranked team with great coaches at a Catholic school with great priests and teachers. They truly prepared me for the later chapters in my life. I will always have a part of Seton Hall in my mind and heart.”
BIggio played three seasons at Seton Hall between1985-87 and was a two-time First Team All-Big East member. In 1987 Biggio was also a member of the First Team All-America according to Baseball America.
He also is the Hall’s career leader in triples along with being second in runs scored and is in the top-10 of 18 other statistical categories in the program’s record book.
After his junior season, Biggio was a first round draft selection by the Houston Astros, playing 20 seasons and making seven All-Star teams as a member of the Astros. Biggio is also one of 28 players in Major League Baseball History to record 3,000 hits in a career.
“Craig had a profound impact on our program during his time at Seton Hall,” said Seton Hall Athletics Director Pat Lyons. “He helped guide them to new heights and consistently represented himself during both his collegiate and professional careers with great class and dignity. He is truly the ideal role model for our current student-athletes and is an excellent representative of our University.”
Biggio’s number will be retired in a pregame ceremony before the Pirates game against Notre Dame, April 7.
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