Caron: Babe Ruth to be awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

From Emily Caron at Sports Illustrated on November 10, 2018:

President Donald Trump will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest honor for a civilian, to seven people including the three prominent sports figures.

The President will award late Yankees legend Babe Ruth, former Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach, who won two Super Bowls with Dallas and fought in the Vietnam War, and nine-time Pro Bowler Alan Page, an “accomplished jurist, athlete and philanthropist.”

“[Ruth] set records that stood for decades, including 714 home runs, 2,873 hits, 2,174 runs, and 2,062 walks–and he remains unmatched with a .690 slugging percentage,” the President’s statement read. “Over 15 legendary season, Babe Ruth led the Yankees to 7 American League championships and 4 World Series championships. His legacy has never been eclipsed, and he remains the personification of ‘America’s Pastime.’ Off the baseball field, he created The Babe Ruth Foundation and tirelessly raised funds for the war effort during the Second World War.”

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Originally published: November 12, 2018. Last Updated: November 12, 2018.