10/21/2004 8:39 PM ET
Biggio belts record-setting homer
First-inning blast sets new NLCS mark with 24
By Mark Newman / MLB.com
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ST. LOUIS -- Craig Biggio wasted no time in helping this National League Championship Series become the most prolific for combined home runs, leading off Thursday's Game 7 with a homer off Cardinals starter Jeff Suppan at Busch Stadium.
|Craig Biggio's leadoff home run in Game 7 was just the eighth in LCS history:||Slugger
|Bert Campaneris, OAK||ALCS Game 2|
Oct. 7, 1973
|George Brett, KC||ALCS Game 3|
Oct. 6, 1978
|Bob Dernier, CHC||NLCS Game 1|
Oct. 2, 1984
|Orlando Merced, PIT||NLCS Game 3|
Oct. 12, 1991
|Brady Anderson, BAL||ALCS Game 1|
Oct. 8, 1997
|Kenny Lofton, CLE||ALCS Game 5|
Oct. 11, 1998
|Marcus Giles, ATL||NLCS Game 2|
Oct. 17, 2001
|Craig Biggio, HOU||NLCS Game 7|
Oct. 21, 2004
It was the first leadoff homer in a Game 7 and the 24th homer in this series, breaking the NLCS record set just one year ago by the Marlins and Cubs. Biggio's blast on a 1-2 pitch from Suppan into the left-field seats was the 14th of the series for Houston; St. Louis entered the game with 10.
It also set an LCS record for most homers by one team. The Cubs had set the record a year ago with 13.
Overall, it was the 25th homer of this postseason for the Astros, moving them past Anaheim (24 in 2002) for second-most in a single postseason. The 2002 Giants set the record with 27.
Mark Newman is enterprise editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.