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Yogi Berra petition for Presidential Medal of Freedom eclipses 100,000 signatures

Yogi Berra poses with his 90th birthday cake

Yogi Berra poses with his 90th birthday cake during a celebration on Tuesday May 12, 2015 at Montclair State University. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Yogi Berra's amazing life has taken him from the coast of Normandy to the batter's box at Yankee Stadium, the dugout at Shea Stadium and the halls of Cooperstown. The next stop could be 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

A petition filed last month on to award the Hall of Fame catcher the Presidential Medal of Freedom reached the threshold needed to require an official response from the White House. The threshold was 100,000 signatures by June 8, one month from the petition's publication, and Berra's petition received 108,623.

"A man of unimpeachable integrity and respect, he befriended the first black and Latino baseball players in Major League Baseball," the petition states. "He is currently an ambassador for Athlete Ally, which promotes LGBT rights in sports. Berra enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II and served during the D-Day invasion."

Berra's cause received a big eleventh-hour push online, with advocates as diverse as MLB executive vice president Joe Torre and CEO Steve Forbes championing the case.

Berra, who turned 90 on May 12, was a three-time American League MVP and 10-time World Series winner for the Yankees. He won an AL Pennant as Yankees manager in 1964 and NL Pennant as Mets manager in 1973.

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