Craig Biggio falls short of Hall of Fame by just two votes

Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas were elected to the Hall of Fame Wednesday, but one notable absence was former Astros-great Craig Biggio, who missed out on Cooperstown by just two votes.

Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas were elected to the Hall of Fame Wednesday, but one notable absence was former Astros-great Craig Biggio, who missed out on Cooperstown by just two votes.

Former Altanta Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, along with former White Sox slugger Frank Thomas were all elected to the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame class Wednesday, but one notable absence was former Houston Astros-great Craig Biggio, who missed out on enshrinement in Cooperstown by just two votes.

Biggio, in his second year on the ballot, received 74.8 percent of the vote, just 0.2 percent shy of the 75 percent needed to get into the Hall of Fame.

Last year, appearing on the ballot for the first time after waiting the required five years after retirement, he led all Hall of Fame vote-getters by being named on 68.2 percent of ballots cast in a year where no one was elected.

Biggio received 427 votes and 74.8 percent, matching Nellie Fox in 1985 and Pie Traynor in 1947 for the smallest margin to just miss. Traynor was elected in 1948. Fox was in his last year on the ballot and was subsequently elected by the Veterans Committee in 1997 as reported by the Associated Press.

Biggio, who played his entire 20-year career with the Astros, is 21st all-time with 3,060 career hits and has more doubles (668) than any right-handed hitter in major league history. He retired after the 2007 season with a career .281 batting average, 291 total home runs, 1,175 RBI, and 414 stolen bases.

Along side the Hall of Fame-caliber numbers, Biggio was best known for his unrelenting style of play, running out every ground ball which was reflected in the team'€™s success during his career in Houston.

Seven former Astros are already in the Hall of Fame -- Robin Roberts, Eddie Mathews, Joe Morgan, Leo Durocher, Nellie Fox, Don Sutton, and Nolan Ryan -- however, none were inducted as an Astro.

There is good news for Houston baseball fans waiting to see the first plaque in Cooperstown with an Astros cap, Biggio will likely get the long-awaited call in 2015 after coming so close to joining Maddux, Glavine, and Thomas this year.

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