Major League Baseball Hall of Fame member and St. Louis Cardinals great Stan Musial arrives before the start of the Cardinals home opener baseball game against the Houston Astros Monday, April 12, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
(KMOV) – Stan “The Man” Musial was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Wednesday, according to the office of Senator Claire McCaskill.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor a civilian can receive. Musial played baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals for 22 years, and also served in the Navy during World War II.
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin offered his congrats to Musial, and says his admiration for Musial goes far beyond what he did on the field.
“It is rare in history to find such a public person without a detractor. On the field and off, Stan Musial was always a gentleman, always a champion,” he said in a press release.