Most baseball fans would agree that former Houston Astros slugger Craig Biggio is a surefire hall of famer. Biggio played all nineteen of his major league seasons with the Astros, alternating between second base, catcher, and the outfield. Biggio’s accomplishments are numerous: seven-time MLB All-Star, four-time Golden Glove Award winner, five-time Silver Slugger Award winner, and a host of other honors.
The most unique of Biggio’s career highlights may be his notoriety for getting hit by pitches. Biggio was hit by 285 pitches throughout his career, which stands as an MLB record. To put things in perspective, legend Micky Mantle was only hit by 13 pitches in his 17-year MLB tenure.
But on June 28, 2007, just a month prior to his retirement, Biggio was still re-writing baseball record books. As the Astros hosted the Colorado Rockies, Biggio batted a perfect 5-5, increasing his career total to 3000 hits. He was the 27th player in history to join the 3000 hit club, putting him amongst names such as Pete Rose, Hank Aaron, Derek Jeter, and Cal Ripken Jr.
During this historic at-bat, Biggio wore the Nike Air Zoom Clipper CT cleat. The Clipper CT utilizes Zoom Air cushioning in its forefoot and heel Air cushioning. Backed by a Phylon midsole and a TPU/Pebax support plate, these cleats were popular on the diamond for several years.