The Natural

Craig Biggio brought dignity to baseball, gave his all every day, and was a heck of a player. If only there were more like him.
Illustration by Mike Benny

Why all the fuss about Houston Astros second baseman Craig Biggio’s retirement?

It’s not just his outstanding career—although that would be reason enough: He’s just the twenty-seventh player in major league history to get 3,000 hits and the twenty-seventh player to reach 1,000 extra-base hits; he’s the only player ever to exceed 600 doubles, 250 homers, 3,000 hits, and 400 steals; and he’s one of only two middle infielders in the history of the game—Cal Ripken Jr. is the other—to top 3,000 hits and 1,000 extra-base hits. He holds the records for the most doubles by a right-handed batter, the most home runs to lead off a game by a National Leaguer, and the most times hit by a pitch in the modern (post-1900) era. It’s also

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