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ND Baseball's Biggio talks growing up with famous dad

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Having just a number and no last name on the back of his jersey makes it pretty tough to identify who number ten is playing for the Notre Dame baseball team these days. However, if you check the roster, number ten's name just might ring a bell.

"My dad is Craig Biggio, who played for the Houston Astros," said Notre Dame sophomore Outfielder Conor Biggio.

Conor Biggio's father Craig is considered by many a future Hall of Famer.

A lot of people know his dad as the guy who finished his career in the 3000 hit club and had his jersey number (#7) retired by the Astros after playing his entire MLB career in Houston.  Conor says off the field though, is where his dad was at his best.

"How he lives his life and how he went about his business is just an easy role model for anybody and myself included," said Conor.

After Craig retired from the majors, he started managing the St. Thomas High School baseball team in Houston. There he helped coach Conor and his younger brother Cavan.

"The knowledge that he had was kinda unfair I mean it was a huge advantage. It helped me a lot to where I am," said Conor. "I wouldn't be here today if he didn't coach my team for sure."

The unfair advantage helped lead the St. Thomas Eagles to back-to-back Texas State Titles while Conor was in High School.

After his high school career Conor had a lot of offers to play college baseball close to home, but he says it was the right time to step out of his dad's shadow. Plus it helped that he got an offer from the school where he could watch his favorite college football team every weekend.

"My parents both went to Seton Hall and there's no football team to root for, so I had to obviously go for the generic football team of choice, which is Notre Dame," said Conor. "So I would just always [cheer for Notre Dame] and when they offered [a scholarship] I was just like alright lets go!"

Conor is now a sophomore at Notre Dame and while he does not get on the field every game his coach says he's an important member of the team.

"Evaluating how this year I think he's gotten more comfortable with who is as a player," said Notre Dame Head Baseball Coach Mik Aoki. "I think he's becoming better as a result of that."

While Conor starts to establish himself as a baseball player and works to step away from his fathers shadow, he does say he will always be proud that he's Craig Biggio's son.

"Seeing your dads name every time you walk into a major league baseball stadium and seeing his name and number up there kinda gives you chills a little bit and makes you think wow its a pretty special thing," said Conor.

Conor's brother Cavan is currently committed to join the Irish next season.

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