COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - All of the valuable keepsakes in Craig Biggio's Hall of Fame display case represent milestones in his Major League Baseball career, except for one. Front and center in his exhibit in the baseball shrine is a shiny silver football trophy. It is the Hansen Award, honoring him as the top high school football player in Suffolk County.
It is an eye-catching sight, bearing Biggio's name, "Kings Park High School" and the year 1983 underneath the capitalized "NEWSDAY," the award's annual presenter.
In front of the trophy is a small sign explaining it: "Growing up on Long Island in New York, Craig Biggio excelled as an all-around athlete. In his high school senior year, he earned the 1983 Hansen Award as the top football player in Suffolk County."
Accompanying that trophy is the cap he wore on June 28, 2007, when he recorded his 3,000th hit; the Astros No. 7 jersey he wore as the Opening Day centerfielder in 2003, after four years as a catcher and 11 as a second baseman; the elbow guard he wore June 29, 2005, when he was hit by a pitch for the 268th time and surpassed Don Baylor's record; the shoes he wore in 1997, when he stole 47 bases and led the National League with 146 runs; his 1997 Branch Rickey Award for community service, and rings from the 1991 All-Star Game and the Astros' 2005 National League pennant.