Career Astros star Bagwell has jersey retired

Updated: August 27, 2007, 6:19 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros retired Jeff Bagwell's No. 5 jersey before their game with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.

Jeff Bagwell
AP Photo/Dave EinselJeff Bagwell is the eighth Astros player to have his number retired.

"This is an amazing day," said Bagwell, who played his entire 15-year career with Houston. "To have your number retired, I really can't believe it."

Bagwell, a first baseman who entered the big leagues in 1991, finished with 449 home runs and a .297 average.

Craig Biggio, Nolan Ryan, Mike Scott, Jimmy Wynn, Brad Ausmus, Larry Dierker and Jose Cruz joined the ceremony, in which Bagwell was presented with three of his jerseys in large frames and a golfing vacation to Scotland.

Bagwell's wife, two daughters and parents were introduced along with the team's top executives.

Owner Drayton McLane told him: "Thanks for being a champion."

Bagwell is the eighth former Astro to have his number retired. The others are Ryan, Scott, Wynn, Dierker, Cruz, Don Wilson and Jim Umbricht.


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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