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Stan Musial receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

11:26 PM, Feb 15, 2011   |    comments
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St. Louis (KSDK) - President Obama presented the greatest St. Louis Cardinal of all-time with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House this afternoon.

Stan "The Man" Musial received the highest honor a civilian can receive. Seven members of the Musial family attended the ceremony, including his grandson Brian Musial Schwarze who walked Musial to his seat on the stage.

President Obama said Stan "The Man" had one of the greatest nicknames of all time. The president revealed his grandfather's name was also Stan and sometimes he would call him "The Man."

Obama talked about some of Musial's greatest accomplishments in a St. Louis Cardinals uniform that spanned 22 years. He said his hustle on the field was matched with humility as he retired with 17 records.

Musial was the first player to make $100,000 and Obama said when Musial thought he was underperforming he asked for a pay cut.

Obama called Musial a pillar of the community.

The White House made the announcement that Musial would receive the award last year right before his 90th birthday.

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Musial was named the most valuable player three times and played in 24 All-Star Games in his career. He also acted as an unofficial American emissary to Poland and has worked closely with several charities.

In a letter to Obama last year, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill said Musial deserves the award and called him "an American hero."

Fourteen others were presented with the Medal of Freedom: Boston Celtics' great Bill Russell, President George H.W. Bush, Chancellor Angela Merkel, Congressman John Lewis, John H. Adams, Maya Angelou, Warren Buffett, Jasper Johns, Gerda Weissmann Klein, Dr. Tom Little, Yo-Yo Ma, Sylvia Mendez, Jean Kennedy Smith and John J. Sweeney.

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