NASA related plunks
NASA successfully launched the Space Shuttle Discovery into orbit earlier today. As readers and Astros fans at NASA no doubt know, Craig Biggio has been hit by a pitch 3 times on days when there was a Space Shuttle launch. But, the two events haven't coincided since September 25, 1997 when Atlantis lifted off on mission STS-86, and Jeremi Gonzalez committed the infamous cheek bone plunk. Biggio was also plunked on another Atlantis lift off date on June 27, 1995 by Danny Jackson, and once on the same day as a Columbia launch, 4/4/97 by Rich Batchelor.
While Biggio has never been hit by a pitch on a day Discovery was launched, he has been hit 11 times while Discovery was in space, second only to Atlantis' 15. But, Discovery is the only shuttle which has had a mission during which Biggio was plunked 5 times, and that has happened twice. Discovery mission STS-85 lasted from 8/7 to 8/19 1997, and STS-70 went from 7/13 to 7/22 1995. Biggio was hit 5 times during each span, and has never been hit more times during a single Shuttle mission.
Biggio plunks by which Space Shuttle was in orbit: