Biggio, a cover model? And happy birthday, Milo.

 

Veteran Houston sportswriter Gene Duffey wrote a nice piece for Health and Fitness Sports Magazine that should pique the interest of Astros fans, as well as Houston sports fans in general. 

The magazine’s 24th anniversary issue features Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, former Houston Oilers quarterback Warren Moon, Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan and former Houston Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon in a feature titled “Now…And Then.”

The article touches on Biggio’s post-playing career, which includes coaching the St. Thomas High School baseball team and catching up on things he missed during a 20-year career that ended with 3,060 hits, all with the Astros.

“Biggio, a Long Island, NY native, and wife, Patty, took their first summer vacation in 2008, visiting Italy and the Jersey Shore,'” Duffey writes.

‘Retired? I haven’t been there,’ he laughed. “It’s baseball seven days a week.'”

Bagwell talks about his active involvement in Houston charities, including his two years serving as the celebrity spokesperson for Prepared 4 Life’s Lemonade Day, a free community-wide event that offers young people the opportunity to savor the sweet taste of success that comes with owning and operating their own lemonade business.

Biggio appears on the cover of the issue, which is due to hit stands on Sept. 24.

“We were honored to have Craig appear on the cover of this special issue,” Editor-in-Chief Rod Evans said. “The profiles of Biggio and the other sports luminaries should be very enjoyable for any Houston sports fan. We always try to do something extraordinary for our anniversary issue, and I think we’ve hit a home run this year.”

Health and Fitness Sports Magazine is a free publication that can be found at fitness centers, spas, salons, supermarkets, hospitals, clinics and other facilities around Houston. Readers are also invited to view the publication online at Healthandfitnessmag.com. You’ll have to sign up in order to gain access to the article, but it takes only a few seconds (I signed up yesterday).

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It could be said that baseball is Milo Hamilton’s first love, but fine dining has to be a close second. During his multiple decades as a baseball broadcaster, Milo has compiled an extensive and impressive list of restaurants he likes to frequent on the road, as well as his favorite eateries right here in Houston.

One of his favorite in-town stops is Truluck’s on Westheimer, near the Galleria. On Thursday, he reserved the party room at the upscale restaurant and invited 21 friends from the Astros family to join him in celebrating his 82nd birthday.

Happy birthday, Milo!

Milo and his son, Mark.

Jamie Hildreth, Astros Sr. Vice President of Sponsorships, gives a birthday toast to the man of the hour.

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100,000 strong

As of the wee hours on Friday, the Astros Facebook page reached the 100,000 member mark. I’d like to send a quick thank you to all of the fans who have joined and an extra shout out to those who have kept the page lively by engaging in enlightened conversations regarding the 2009 Astros. I know this has been a difficult and frustrating season, but we really are interested in hearing any and all comments regarding the team, good and bad. On Facebook, everyone has a voice.

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Questions? Send to askalyson@astros.com 

 

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