Biggio: The Final Game — by Michael Hart

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To be a franchise player for a team is something not seen much these days – guys like Edgar Martinez, Tony Gwynn, and Cal Ripken, who spend their entire careers with one club are almost as much of a rarity as a perfect game.

Baseball watched another one of these players move into retirement last year – the Astros’ Craig Biggio – and in a new book – Biggio: The Final Game, photographer Michael Hart takes you back to September 30, 2007 – Biggio’s final game with the Astros in their home park of Minute Maid Field.

It’s a tremendous collection of sports photography – Hart goes light on the words in favor of letting the pictures tell the story. He captures Biggio’s emotions throughout the game – from his last hit, to his last at-bat, to his final time walking off the field.There are some great sequence shots of him turning a double play in addition to a few plate appearances.

What disappointed me was some of the shots that were left out — arriving at the stadium, putting on the jersey for the final time, and leaving the ballpark, for instance. There are so many things that are done “for the last time” that it would be nice to see that entire final day.

Biggio had his number retired on August 17th – and this book is a fitting tie-in to that event. It captures the love that Astros fans have for Biggio, and Biggio’s love of the game as he chooses to walk away from it.

It’s a book worth picking up and thumbing through if you come across it – and would be a great addition for Biggio fans to have a lasting collection of his final day.

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