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Baseball To Retire Craig Biggio's #44

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Former Seton Hall baseball legend and future Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Craig Biggio will have his #44 jersey retired by the Pirates in a ceremony on Saturday, April 7.

Biggio is only the fourth player in Seton Hall's illustrious baseball history to have his number retired.  He joins former All-Americans Marteese Robinson (#9) and Rick Cerone (#15), as well as all-time winningest coach and ABCA Hall of Famer Mike Sheppard (#17).

"It is an honor for me and for my family to have my number retired at Seton Hall University," Biggio said.  "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."

A two-time First Team All-BIG EAST selection, Biggio dominated as the Pirates' catcher from 1985 through 1987.  Named NJCBA Player of the Year in 1986 and First Team All-America by Baseball America in 1987, he led the Pirates to a three-year record of 121-55-1 and their first BIG EAST Championship in 1987.  Biggio is Seton Hall's career leader in triples, is second in runs scored and ranks in the Pirates' top-10 in 18 other single-season and career statistical categories.  A career .342 batter with 27 home runs, 148 RBIs and 90 steals, he was inducted into the Seton Hall Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996.

"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."

A first-round draft choice of the Houston Astros in 1987, Biggio embarked on a historic 20-year professional career.  A seven-time All-Star, he is one of only 28 players in MLB history to record 3,000 career hits.

Biggio will have his number retired in a ceremony preceding Seton Hall's baseball game with Notre Dame on Saturday, April 7 at noon.  After the game, there will be a reception in the Richie and Sheila Regan Field House.  Reception tickets will be sold for $40 per person.  To learn more about this event, please contact the Pirate Blue office at 973-275-6447 or pirateblue@shu.edu.