Presidential Medal of Freedom

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The Presidential Medal of Freedom is one of the two highest civilian awards in the United States, along with the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor. It is designed to recognize individuals who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors." It was first established by President Truman in 1945 to honor service during World War II. President Kennedy reestablished the award in 1963 to recognize "distinguished civilian service in peace time."

Hall of Famer Frank Robinson receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush at the White House on November 9, 2005

The Presidential Medal of Freedom has been awarded to twelve former professional baseball players and one announcer; significantly, four of them are former Negro League players.

Berg declined the award but it was accepted on his behalf posthumously. Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente and Babe Ruth were also honored posthumously.

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