Cardinals' Hall of Famer Stan Musial will become only the eighth former baseball player to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony at the White House today.
Musial, 90, joins Joe DiMaggio (1977), Jackie Robinson (1984), Ted Williams (1991), Roberto Clemente (2003), Hank Aaron (2005), Frank Robinson (2005) and Buck O'Neill (2006) in receiving the nation’s highest civilian honor.
The Cardinals sent a letter to President Obama asking him to recognize Musial’s contributions on and off the field. ``For us, Stan embodies all that is good about the game of baseball and what it means to be a St. Louis Cardinal,’’ the letter stated. ``Stan is a role model for players and fans alike, embodying the qualities of good sportsmanship, self-discipline, hard work, consistency, grace, humility and excellence.’’