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Biggio Gets 50 Doubles, 50 Steals

September 24, 1998 GMT

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Houston’s Craig Biggio became only the second player this century with 50 steals and 50 doubles in a season Wednesday night, joining Hall of Famer Tris Speaker.

With two outs in the sixth, Biggio singled for his second hit of the game. Two pitches later, he easily stole his 50th base in 57 attempts.

``It’s a nice feeling, I’m not going to lie about it,″ Biggio said. ``It’s definitely not something you try to achieve, but it did work out. Something that hasn’t been done in 70-80 years, it’s kind of a nice thing.″

The Astros’ leadoff man has 51 doubles, 20 homers and 87 RBIs and is batting .330 for the NL Central champions. Speaker had 53 doubles and 52 steals for Boston in 1912.

``When you’ve done something that’s only been done by one other guy in the whole history of baseball, that’s remarkable,″ manager Larry Dierker said. ``We’ve been playing baseball a long time.″

Biggio is also the first player since the Cardinals’ Lou Brock in 1968 to get at least 45 doubles and 45 steals in a season. Brock had 46 doubles and 62 steals that year.

Biggio has 73 extra-base hits, second-most in the major leagues in the past 20 years. Nomar Garciaparra had 85 extra-base hits in his 1997 rookie season with the Boston Red Sox.