A Rare Rookie Photo of Craig Biggio

Rookie Craig Biggio with writer Stephen Russell in Montreal, before or after a game in 1988.

Rookie Craig Biggio with educator/historian Stephen Russell in Montreal, before or after a game in 1988.

The Pecan Park Eagle is just now in receipt of a rare photo of Craig Biggio from his 1988 rookie season. It came to us from Pennsylvania writer friend Ron Paglia who lives heart-deep in the Monongahela Valley country where Musial and the Griffeys started. Ron got it from Stephen Russell, Executive Director of the Mid Mon All Sports Hal of Fame. It features a picture that Russell had made with Biggio in 1988, but Ron Paglia’s own words describe it best.

Thanks for making this photo available to us, Ron!

Here are the words of writer Ron Paglia about the Biggio induction and this particular photo:

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Close Up: Historian Stephen Russell meets rookie Craig Biggio in Montreal, 1988.

Close Up: Historian Stephen Russell meets rookie Craig Biggio in Montreal, 1988.

Bill:

I forwarded your material about Biggio to Steve Russell, the retired educator and area historian who heads the Hall of Fame here. Steve, whose father Jim Russell, played 13 years in the Majors with Pittsburgh, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Braves, has a huge collection of memorabilia. Among those archives is the attached photo of Steve with Biggio in 1988. Just thought you might like to see it

Thanks again for keeping us in the loop with your daily essays.

Ron Paglia

About Steve Russell: Stephen V. Russell, executive director of the Mid Mon Valley All Sports Hall of Fame, was with the election January 6 of Craig Biggio, former star with the Houston Astros, to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Russell is shown here with Biggio at Olympic Stadium in Montreal in 1988, when Biggio was initially called up to the Major Leagues. “His facial enthusiasm emphasized what was ahead of him – a stellar Major League career,” Russell said. “He was always a class act.” The photo is part of the MMVAPHOF archives.

Ron Paglia

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Addendum: Plus these three photos from today’s New York presentation of all four 2015 inductees, compliments of Sam Quintero and the Houston Astros:

 

New York, 1/07/15: 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees John Smoltz, Randy Johnson, Craig Biggio, and Pedro Martinez.

New York, 1/07/15: 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees John Smoltz, Randy Johnson, Craig Biggio, and Pedro Martinez.

New York, 1/07/15: 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees John Smoltz, Randy Johnson, Craig Biggio, and Pedro Martinez.

New York, 1/07/15: 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees John Smoltz, Randy Johnson, Craig Biggio, and Pedro Martinez.

New York, 1/07/15: 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees John Smoltz, Randy Johnson, Craig Biggio, and Pedro Martinez.

New York, 1/07/15: 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees John Smoltz, Randy Johnson, Craig Biggio, and Pedro Martinez.

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2 Responses to “A Rare Rookie Photo of Craig Biggio”

  1. stanfromtacoma Says:

    FWIW Jim Russell played for the Dodgers in 1950. A couple of Red Barber/Connie Desmond broadcasts have been preserved of games in which Jim Russell played. If his son has not heard those broadcasts I’d be more than willing to provide him with info about how to get the broadcasts.

  2. Shirley Virdon Says:

    Thanks for this post of the new Hall of Famers! We are so pleased with this year’s selection! Every one of them are true Hall of Famers!!!
    Special Congratulations to Craig Biggio from us. We are very happy for you and Patti and the Family!
    Best wishes to all.
    Bill & Shirley Virdon

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