Rice undergraduate Lance Berkman just got the call from the Hall. This one didn't have a New York area code, though.
The museum itself is in Lubbock and has elected players since 2006. Berkman is already a member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco.
Other members of the Hall of Fame class are Texas Tech coach Larry Hays, Arizona State pitcher Joe Arnold, North Carolina A&T pitcher Al Holland, Eastern Connecticut State coach Bill Holowaty, Arizona State outfielder Mike Kelly, Wisconsin outfielder Rick Reichardt and St. John's pitcher Frank Viola.
Berkman hit .431 with 41 home runs in his last season at Rice, winning the National Player of the Year award and leading the Owls to the College World Series. He was drafted by the Astros that summer and debuted with the team in 1999.
He is the fifth Astro to go into the college hall of fame, joining Burt Hooton, Greg Swindell, Brooks Kieshnick and Pete Incaviglia. He's also the second Rice honoree, joining long-time Owls head coach Wayne Graham and the 12th player from a Texas college to grace the hall.