Most family summer vacations may include a trip to the beach or a theme park. But this summer, the Biggio family vacation will feature a very special trip to Cooperstown and the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. The trip from Houston to Cooperstown, however, will also include a stop in South Bend, Indiana, and the University of Notre Dame. While you may be very familiar with father Craig Biggio, who is being inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame this summer, his two sons Conor and Cavan Biggio currently play baseball for the Fighting Irish.
In college, Craig played baseball at Seton Hall University before playing his entire 20-year professional career with the Houston Astros. But in speaking with Conor and Cavan, it was always their dream to play for the Irish. “Growing up in Texas, we were always big Irish football fans growing up, and it was a dream for both of us to come here and play. It is also a fun comradery to be able to play alongside each other all these years.”
Conor is a 5’9″ senior outfielder while his younger brother Cavan is a 6’1″ sophomore infielder. Together, they play just a portion of the positions that their dad played during his Astros’ career. When you see the baseball instincts in the two brothers, you can instantly tell that the apples do not fall far from the tree. As Conor says, “Growing up it was a dream for us being able to go to school and then get to go hang out in a Major League clubhouse. Those are memories that we will never forget.”
In his Irish career, Conor is a three-year monogram winner and an outstanding runner on the bases. Along with his leadership, his instincts on the base paths can certainly provide an impact during a game very similar to his dad. During his junior season, Conor tied for the team lead in stolen bases. Coming out of high school he was also decorated with many honors including being named to the second team Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason Texas Region All-High School Senior Team. Over the weekend, Conor was one of the seniors recognized on senior day, which is always a bittersweet moment. “You never think your time comes, and then it does in a flash. It is a crazy memory to be a part of.”
Only a sophomore, Cavan’s two seasons in an Irish uniform have certainly been impressive. He is a leadoff-hitting, table-setting second baseman in Notre Dame’s lineup — sound familiar? In his two years, Cavan has started 103 out of 104 games to date, and currently leads the team in six offensive categories. Just like his brother, Cavan had many honors coming out of high school, and was even drafted in 2013 by the Philadelphia Phillies. He also made the USA 18U National team and was ranked by Perfect Game as the number one second baseman and number 21 overall prospect in the 2013 class as a first-team All American. In the Irish’s final home game, Cavan crushed a home run and has the tools to be a complete player not only on offense but with the glove as well.
Prior to their college careers, the two brothers even played for coach Craig. Playing for a famous Major League Player who is also your dad seems daunting, but for Conor and Cavan “it was the best.”
“It just showed that he was selfless in giving his time and not wanting to miss our time in high school. His words really went a long way, and he cared not only about us but about everyone.”
That type of character has definitely been passed from father to sons. Perhaps more important than anything done on the field, both Conor and Cavan are high-character people. They are humble, respectful, and go about things the right way, which sounds awfully familiar.
When Conor and Cavan got the call that their dad was going to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, it marked a truly special and emotional achievement for the whole family. Craig always said that he did not play to get into the hall. But as Conor sees it, “to have your career recognized as one of the best is a tremendous honor.” Having played in Cooperstown tournaments before, both brothers will make a return trip there for very different reasons, and will be front and center when their dad is enshrined later this summer.
However, it is not just all about the boys in the Biggio bunch. With Mother’s Day coming just a day after senior day, it is also a special time for the family. “With dad always being gone, our mom basically raised us by herself, and it is kind of a big deal to get a day to recognize all of her accomplishments as well.” For mom Patty, sister Quinn, and the rest of the family, this truly will be a special summer for the Biggios. With Cavan having a stellar season, Conor experiencing senior day, and being able to honor mom on Mother’s Day, it is all leading to the ultimate achievement for their dad who played the game the right way over his entire career. It will certainly be a summer to remember for the entire Biggio family.