Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell are the two best players the Houston Astros have ever seen, and now they will both be famed forever in Cooperstown. Kokomo native Greg Lucas’ new book, Houston to Cooperstown, tells their story.
In January 2016, Jeff Bagwell was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. This makes Biggio and Bagwell the only two players in the Hall of Fame with Houston hats. Other Hall of Famers have played for the Astros, but these two only played for Houston. Their loyalty to the team and to one another broke records. No other baseball duo has been on the field together as much as Biggio and Bagwell – no one can beat their 2,029 games together over 15 years. This pair set team records all throughout their careers. Now, Bagwell will earn his spot next to his longtime teammate in the Hall of Fame.
Together, Biggio and Bagwell brought the Astros through their golden years. They made the Astros what they are today, and finally both of them will be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. As Bill Brown writes in the foreword of the book, “He [Lucas] is well equipped to take us on the long trip through the best era in the team’s 55 years.” Bagwell’s story, Biggio’s story, and the story of this dynamic duo is chronicled in Houston to Cooperstown.
A graduate of Kokomo High School and Butler University, Lucas was one of the nation’s most versatile and respected radio-TV sports personalities before retiring in 2012. He worked more than 4,000 play-by-play events in Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, and college football, basketball, baseball, swimming, tennis, volleyball, and track and field.
Lucas was an NBA radio and television play-by-play announcer for 13 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers and Dallas Mavericks, and for 32 seasons with MLB’s Texas Rangers and Houston Astros. He also covered multiple sporting events for the Southwest and Big 12 conferences. His feature on Jerry LeVias, the first African-American scholarship athlete of the Southwest Conference, earned him an Emmy nomination. Lucas also operated sports radio talk shows in Terre Haute, Honolulu, Peoria, Buffalo, and San Antonio.
Athletically, Lucas’ strength was as a baseball player at Kokomo High School, with the Post 6 American Legion team, and the Kokomo Highlanders of the National Baseball Congress. He also played two seasons at Butler University under legendary coach Tony Hinkle.
Lucas will host a book-signing at Barnes & Noble in Carmel (14790 Greyhound Plaza) on Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. He will speak about his Butler and Pacers years as well as his time with Biggio and Bagwell in Houston.