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Astros honor Texas Hall inductees

Astros honor Texas Hall inductees

HOUSTON -- The Astros held a pregame reception before Wednesday's game, honoring the 2008 Texas Baseball Hall of Fame inductees.

The reception honored five former Astros and two other Texas players.

Kevin Bass played for the Astros from 1982-89 and 1993-94, leading the Astros to the National League West championship as an All-Star.

Enos Cabell played for Houston from 1975-80 and from 1984-85. He store more than 30 bases in four consecutive years.

Craig Reynolds, a two-time All-Star shortstop, played 11 seasons in Houston starting in 1979 and was part of the Astros' first two NL West championships in 1980 and 1986.

Mike Scott, the three-time All-Star pitcher whose No. 33 jersey was retired by the Astros, won the National League Cy Young Award in 1986, as his no-hitter clinched the NL West title.

Eddie Mathews had 30 or more home runs nine years in a row and became the seventh player in MLB history to hit 500 home runs in 1967. He was the first athlete featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Bill Foster, a pitcher in the Negro Leagues, and Julio Franco, a 23-year MLB veteran who played five years for the Rangers, also were honored.

The 31st annual Texas Baseball Hall of Fame induction banquet will be held Nov. 7 in Houston.

Jim McIngvale, the owner of Gallery Furniture who is lovingly known to Houstonians as "Mattress Mack," will be presented with the Jimmy Wynn "Toy Cannon" Award, which is given to people who give back and pay forward to the local community. Wynn will personally present the award for McIngvale's dedication to philanthropy and customer service.

Krysten Oliphant is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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