Hall of Fame Paintings
CLASS OF 2021
Known for his grit, his dirty helmet, and the amount of times he was hit by a pitch (285 to be exact), Craig Biggio's painting shows the body armor that helped establish that infamous record artist Opie Otterstad also incorporated his exaggerated leg kick.
Otterstad, who has been friends with Biggio for over two decades, showcases Biggio's "crusty bat and crusty helmet from all of the pine tar" and jokes, "It was kind of like watching Pigpen out there running around."
Like Bagwell's painting, Otterstad wanted to remember Biggio's close friends, Astro’s third baseman, Ken Caminiti, and Astros pitcher, Darryl Kile.
In the dugout, you'll see connected shadowed letters to the left of Biggio's head," said Otterstad, “and since Ken Caminiti is buried under a 170-year-old oak tree at Biggio's ranch, if you look closely, to the left of Craig’s knee, you'll find an angel alongside Caminiti's headstone and a bench underneath that ghosted oak tree.”
“It is a reminder that baseball is more than just a sport; it's a place to build relationships that create a baseball family.”